Kabbala Denudata: 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. Translated into English from the Latin version of Knorr von Rosenroth, and collated with the original Chaldee and Hebrew text.London: George Redway, 1887 Stock Code: 144206
First edition, in remarkably attractive condition, of this uncommonly found and contemporarily popular cabalistic work translated by one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Kabbala Denudata was first published in Latin by Christian Knorr von Rosenroth between 1677 and 1678, translated from the original Hebrew.
Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918) became involved in the study of the occult through the premise of freemasonry and 1882 he was admitted to the Metropolitan College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. In 1886 he lectured on the Kabbalah to the Theosophical Society and began work on this translation, one of a number of translations of medieval texts Mather's would go on to publish, including The Lesser Key of Solomon (1904, as The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King) and The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage (1897).
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.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in gilt, single rule frame in gilt to front cover, dark brown coated endpapers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.
Minor rubbing to spine ends and tips, touch of wear to head of rear board, a couple of light marks to bright cloth, contents clean an bright, a near-fine copy.
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