Title:TRANSCENDENTAL MAGIC: ITS DOCTRINE AND RITUAL
Author: Eliphas Levi
Publisher: De Laurence, Scott & Co.
City: Chicago Year: 1910 (First American Edition) Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 420 Illustrated: Yes
Book Details + Condition: Very scarce first American edition of Eliphas Levi's Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual. A "Complete Translation of 'Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie'." On the title page, here has been a publisher-added label of "The de Laurence Company" placed OVER the original publisher imprint of "De Laurence, Scott & Co." This signifies a true pre-1920 date: "De Laurence, Scott & Co." ceased to exist in 1920, at which point “Scott” was dropped from the name. This particular beautiful edition was re-released in the 1940s. Original royal blue boards with gilt illustrations on front and spine; Illustrated. With a biographical preface by Arthur Edward Waite. Frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue guard. Eliphas Lévi Zahed, born Alphonse Louis Constant, was a French occult author, socialist, and ceremonial magician. "éliphas Lévi", the name under which he published his books, was his attempt to translate or transliterate his given names "Alphonse Louis" into the Hebrew language. "Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie" is the title of éliphas Lévi's first published treatise on ritual magic, which appeared in two volumes between 1854 (Dogme) and 1856 (Rituel). The work is structured into 22 chapters, which parallel the Tarot. In very good condition: light bumps at spine ends; a few stains and spots to edges; otherwise near fine.