ANACALYPSIS - Higgins, LIMITED ED, #46 of 350, 1927 - PANDEISM WORLD RELIGIONS
ANACALYPSIS: AN ATTEMPT TO DRAW ASIDE THE VIEL OF THE STATIC ISIS; OR AN INQUIRY INTO THE ORIGIN OF LANGUAGES, NATIONS, AND RELIGIONS — By GODFREY HIGGINS — LIMITED EDITION, #46 of 350 Copies — 1927 Luxury Edition
Publisher: Macy Masius, New York (1927)
This is the first volume of a two-volume set. The boards and binding are solid and tight, with light shelf-wear and two bumped corners. The hand-cut pages are crisp and clean. Two small bookstore stickers on inside front board — one to the Librarie des Sciences Occultes, Amsterdam. This is a large book, measuring 12" x 9.25". 734 pages; Illustrated. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE ARE NO OTHER COPIES OF THE 1927 EDITION FOR SALE ON THE WEB, OR IN LIBRARIES ON THE WEB. Please see below for more information on this fascinating, beautiful tome.
The work is the product of more than twenty years of research, during which Higgins tried to uncover a most ancient and universal religion from which all later creeds and doctrines sprang. The book itself details many of Higgins' beliefs and observations about the development of religion. Among these was his theory that a secret religious order, which he labeled "Pandeism" (from Pans- or Pandu- referring to a family of Gods, appending with -ism), had continued from ancient times to the present day, stretching at least from Greece to India, and possibly having once covered the entire world.
Among the many unusual theories presented in this book is that both the Celtic Druids and the Jews originated in India – and that the name of the Biblical Abraham is really a variation of the word Brahma, created by shifting the last letter to the beginning: Abrahma. Higgins used the term "Pandeism" to describe the religious society that he purported had existed from ancient times, and at one time had been known throughout the entire world. Higgins believed this practice continued in secret until the time of his writing, in the 1830s in an area stretching from Greece to India.
Higgins was also aware of the similarity between his Pandeism and deism, and demonstrated familiarity with deism, as he mentions deism or deists at several other points in the same work. Higgins noted for example that "the Rev. R. Taylor, A.M., the Deist, now in gaol, persecuted by the Whigs for his religious opinions, in his learned defense of Deism called the Diegesis, has clearly proved all the hierarchical institutions of the Christians to be a close copy of those of the Essenians of Egypt.