The Secret Teachings of All Ages An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
Signed and hand numbered #2272 by the Author Manly P. Hall
The Golden Anniversary Edition -
The original publication of this book in 1928 was a massive book and a monumental feat in publishing. Although none of the later editions accomplished the precision and detail of the '28 editions; This Golden Anniversary edition is widely considered to be the closest in that regard. The work itself remains, till this day, one of the most famous- and impressive- books in Western esoteric canon. This edition contains all 54 Full page illustrations by J. Augustus Knapp, that were published in the original edition. Manly P. Hall was only 28 years old at the time of the original publication (1928) after it was published Hall went from being "just another earners preacher in the City of Angels to becoming an icon of the increasingly influential metaphysical movement sweeping the country in the 1920s. His book challenged the assumptions about society's spiritual roots and made people look at them in new ways' Hall dedicated 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages' to 'the proposition that concealed within the emblematic figures; allegories and rituals of the ancients the secret doctrine concerning the inner mysteries of life'
Hall wrote himself about the book "The greatest knowledge of all time should be available tot he twentieth century not only in a one shilling edition of the Bohn Library in small type and shabby binding. But in a book that would be a monument, not merely a coffin"
Condition: Original binding, patterned paper over boards, cloth spine with oversized gilt title, tipped rectangle boarder with full original title to front board, thick marbled end papers, all pages clean, inscribed by author Manly P. Hall, elephant folio measuring approximately 12½ X 19 inches. Weighing eleven pounds. Some wear to the edges and overall modest shelf ware, a few pages have faint damp staining but only slightly noticeable, there an inscription by the previous owner which reads “love is not a matter a belief, it is a matter of demonstration” overall still on Very Good condition.