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    Godfrey Higgins. Anacalypsis, An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil Of The Saitic Isis.... London, 1836.

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    Godfrey Higgins. Anacalypsis, An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil Of The Saitic Isis; Or, An Inquiry Into The Origin Of Languages, Nations, And Religions. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1836.

    First edition. Two quarto volumes. xxxi, [2 errata], [3 blank], 867; xi, [1 blank], 519 pages. Thirty-nine figures on six plates bound in the back of volume two. Original salmon colored pebble grain cloth, re-backed with original spines laid-on. Original paper title labels on spine, rubbed. Title pages in first volume with minor browning spots, mostly to outer margin. Few small ink spots to text block edge, no affect. Some minor foxing. Owners' signatures to half title in ink. Overall, a great copy of a very scarce book. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Higgins' (1773-1833) greatest work in the archaeology of religion. "Early in his life Higgins became convinced that there was an ancient universal religion from which later creeds developed, and he devoted 20 years to a search for a secret tradition." Melton, Ency. Occult. & Parapsy. " Resigning his commission (in the army) about 1813, he devoted himself entirely to an unbiased investigation into the history of religious beliefs. He acquired a knowledge of Hebrew, and sometimes pursued his studies in foreign libraries. At the date of his death he had projected a journey to Egypt, 'and perhaps Samarcand,' in search of further clues to religious problems. The first volume, though not published till 1836, was printed off in June 1833; four sheets of the second volume were revised by the author, at whose son's expense the remainder was edited by George Smallfield...He had intended 'to exhibit in a future book the Christianity of Jesus Christ from his own mouth.' He claimed to be a Christian, regarding our Lord as a Nazarite, of the monastic order of Pythagorean Essenes, probably a Samaritan by birth, and leading the life of a hermit." DNB.

    His son realized that "a taste for deep learning among us is fast declining...which is one reason I have only printed two hundred copies of this work." Preface. "It supplied material and inspiration for the early theosophical writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who even echoed the title in her own book Isis Unveiled." Melton.

    NSTC 2H20769. Goodland, Sex Rites, 281. Gardner, Rosicrucian, 314 "monument of learning and research." Lowndes 1668.



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