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T01. Arundale, G.S, The Lotus Fire, 1939, 1st edition, 2nd printing, T.P.H 1976, large 8vo, maroon cloth, 776pp including index, with a couple of diagrams in the text + a coloured frontispiece with tissue guard and one further b/w plate. A monumental study in symbolic yoga in five books. The preliminary material includes seven stanzas from the Book of Dzyan, given in their ‘original form’, as well as their versions given in Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine. A few trivial marks to front board. Very slight off –setting to end papers, minor spots to a couple of pages, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in like (very lightly rubbed or marked in places, merest hint of fading to spine panel) d/w £15

T2C. Besant, A, Eight Booklets and Pamphlets, Cr8vo, bound together in blue cloth (probably circa 1900), all published by the Theosophical Publishing Society, spine lettered in black, top edge gilt, original wrappers not bound in (except for front wrapper of number 4), and comprising of: 1. A Fragment of Autobiography, 1875-1891, 1st edition, no date (1891), 16pp; 2. A Rough Outline of Theosophy, 1st edition 1892, 24pp; 3. In Defence of Theosophy, 1st edition, no date; (c.1890s) 20pp; 4. Why You Should be a Theosophist, 1st edition, no date, (1892) 8pp; 5. Theosophy and its Practical Application, 1st edition, no date, (1893) 8pp; 6. The Masters as Facts and Ideals, 1st edition 1895, 35pp; 7. Theosophy in Questions and Answers, 1st edition 1893, 32pp; 8. Theosophy and its Evidences, 1st edition, no date, (c.1890s) 24pp. Covers a little soiled, spine dull, first and last leaves of text browned, some occasional minor spotting to margins, some minimal light pencil annotation, early ink ownership signature to title page of first part, text overall very clean and tight. Very good – overall. A nice selection of hard to find first editions, numbers 2, 4, and 8 are uncommon, 3, 5, 6, and 7 are scarce, with the Fragment of Autobiography now increasingly rare £125

T2E. Besant, A, Karma, 1st edition, Theosophical Publishing Society 1895, small Cr8vo, blue cloth lettered in black, 84pp, Theosophical Manuals series number 4. Spine ends and corners rubbed, cloth a little soiled in places, tear to inner margin of front end paper, foxing to first and last few leaves, text clean and tight. Overall, still a good + copy of the uncommon first issue £6

T2F. Besant, A (editor), The Theosophist: A Magazine of Brotherhood, Oriental Philosophy, Art, Literature and Occultism, volume XXXVII, Part 1: October 1915 to March 1916, 1st edition thus, T.P.S 1916, 8vo, contemporary quarter white vellum over white cloth boards, gilt stamped black and red title labels to spine, 10 + 694pp + 6pp supplement, with illustrations in the text + 4 plates (3 frontispieces also called for but not bound in). A collection of articles, poetry and reviews, with contributors including the editor, C.W Leadbeater, and S. Baring Gould. Covers a little soiled, light creasing to a few leaves, slight foxing to first and last couple of leaves, some occasional pencil underlining and marginal scoring, text otherwise clean and tight. A good + overall copy of an uncommon item £25