WEB OF THE UNIVERSE - Gardner, 1938 - THEOSOPHY, CREATION, OCCULT, ANTHROPOGENY
THE WEB OF THE UNIVERSE
Book Details + Condition: The Theosophical Publishing House (London, UK). Second edition, 1938. Very scarce. Hardcover. 102 pages. Volume by English Theosophical writer Edward L. Gardner, subtitled "An Occult Theory of Sub-stance, of Man's Origins and Source of his Creative Powers." This book explores the origins of man and his consciousness, using a conceptual web as the connecting factor of all material objects and beings in the world. Illustrated with relevant diagrams throughout. Firm binding; rubbed corners and edges; wear to boards, with some discoloration; bookplate to front free endpaper; light foxing to first and last few pages; interior is clean and free of markings, save name to inside front board.
Gardner was a prolific writer and lecturer in the Theosophic world of the early and middle 20th century. He established new Theosophical branches in in England and worked closely with Anne Bessant to create the first Theosophical University. He was the first to receive and review the Cottingley Fairy photographs. Gardner gave them to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who published them in the Strand Magazine. Together with noted Theosophist and clairvoyant, Jeffery Hobson, they proposed that photography was an accurate and effective method to capture on film mythical creatures. In later years, Gardner published a number of works including one which attempted to explain the phenomenon of UFO's in terms of Theosophy.