KABBALAH UNVEILED - Mathers, 1st 1887 MAGICK ZOHAR CABBAL KABBALIST GOLDEN DAWN
THE KABBALAH UNVEILED, CONTAINING THE FOLLOWING BOOKS OF THE ZOHAR: 1. THE BOOK OF CONCEALED MYSTERY, 2. THE GREATER HOLY ASSEMBLY, 3. THE LESSER HOLY ASSEMBLY
Book Details + Condition: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. (London, UK), First Edition, 1887. Scarce. 341 pages. Original royal blue cloth with gilt title etc. on spine, borders in gilt to upper board & in blind to lower board. Black-and-white illustrations, charts and 3 folding plates. The first esoteric work to be published by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918), one of the most famous magicians of the time, and one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Golden Dawn was a ceremonial magical order devoted to the study of theurgy, the occult, and spiritual development. By the mid-1890s it was well-established with members across the country including many of the literary and revolutionary set including as W.B. Yeats, Arthur Machen, Maud Gonne, Edith Nesbit, Florence Farr, and, before he established his own sect, Aleister Crowley. "The Kabbalah Unveiled" is a translation of the "Kabbala Denudata" of Knorr von Rosenroth (1677), which contained translations into Latin of parts of the Zohar and other Kabbalistic texts. Mathers' Introduction is still held by many to be one of the best and most important written on the subject.
Embossed stamp of Joseph A. Sadony present on title page. Sadony was a noted philosopher and a spiritualist, who also worked for Theodore Roosevelt and was involved with Hollywood filmmaking. An exceptional copy of a very scarce and desired work, with tight binding; minor shelf wear to boards; and a few pages with pencilled notes - we kept these present, as they belonged to Sadony and may be of interest to a collector.