The Space Born by Manly P Hall
Publication: 1930 Skelter Publishing Company; Los Angeles Pre-Publication Edition
After some research this rare edition has been identified as a Pre-Publication edition. Although not as sophisticated as the edition published for circulations; There is a variant that makes this version particularly unique. It contains a frontis titles "Not-Being is My Name" by Wm Mortensen who was an American glamour photographer well known in Hollywood during the 1920s-1940s for his 'Pictorialist' style. The frontispiece by Mortensen was replace by a self-portrait of Hall for the circulated First Edition. This pre-publication lends a glimpse to what was perhaps Manly Hall's original intent; to symbolically portray the Annata of Buddhism, or the "non-self" which would be in line withe the context of the book.
Nonetheless, Hall eventually opted to remove the frontis. The circulated edition was published shortly after in slightly larger and more refined edition. However, the intrigue of the frontis and scarcity of the version should entice the avid Manly P Hall collector.
The Space Born was Manly Halls first (and only) book of published Poetry. Hall states "The present collection of fragments is an effort to emulate the style of the first poets in the presentation of certain spiritual truths concerning the inner mysteries of life. It will be noted that the various cosmic agencies are personified to render the expression of their several properties more vivid and convincing." . Manly P. Hall
Condition: Paper boards with cloth spine with title label to the front, the corners are bumped with some loss of paper, all pages are clean, overall Very Good condition