INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE TAROT - Paul Case, 1st 1920 EDITOR/AUTHOR NOTES
Title:AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE TAROT
Author: Paul F. Case
Publisher: Azoth Publishing Company
City: New York Year: 1920 (First Edition) Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 59 Illustrated: Yes
Book Details + Condition: Scarce first edition from 1920 of Paul F. Case's AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE TAROT. In very good condition: binding is tight; rubbed and bumped corners and spine ends; some discoloration and smudges to boards. Interior is clean and free of markings, save small pencil notes of front illustration and p. 15, which appear to be editor- or author-related (we did not erase). For example: the errata states an error on p. 15, the exact same as the pencilled notation. Paul Foster Case was an American occultist of the early 20th century and author of numerous books on occult tarot and Qabalah. Perhaps his greatest contributions to the field of Occultism were the lessons he wrote for associate members of Builders of the Adytum. The Knowledge Lectures given to initiated members of the Chapters of the B.O.T.A. were equally profound, although the limited distribution has made them less well known.
Case was early on attracted to the Occult. While still a child he reported experiences that today are called lucid dreaming. He corresponded about these experiences with Rudyard Kipling who encouraged him as to the validity of his paranormal pursuits. In 1900, Case met the occultist Claude Bragdon while both were performing at a charity performance. Bragdon asked Case what he thought the origin of playing cards was. After pursuing the question in his father's library, Case discovered a link to tarot, called 'The Game of Man,' thus began what would become Case's lifelong study of the tarot, and leading to the creation of the B.O.T.A. tarot deck, a "corrected" version of the Rider-Waite cards. Between 1905 and 1908 (aged 20-24), Case began practicing yoga, and in particular pranayama, from what published sources were available. His early experiences appear to have caused him some mental and emotional difficulties and left him with a lifelong concern that so called "occult" practice be done with proper guidance and training.