Strange Houses of Sleep.London, Philip Sinclair Wellby, 1906 Stock Code: 139766
NotesFirst edition, sole impression, number 16 of 250 copies, each signed by the author. Strange Houses of Sleep collects the esoteric poetry (including a lengthy verse drama on the holy grail) of A. E. Waite (1857-1942), popularly known for his creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. "Through his critical and historical studies of occultism in all its forms, and even more by his carefully edited alchemical texts, Waite brought order out of the chaos of the occult revival and enabled the study of both the history and content of 'rejected knowledge' to become academically acceptable. It is the growing awareness of his importance in this field that has finally brought him the wider acclaim he always deserved" (ODNB).
Waite was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a Freemason, and a member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. This copy has an armorial bookplate (exhibiting the same Rosicrucian symbology as Waite's own supralibros) of a Robert J. Stevenson, who is listed as a freemason in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1914.
Octavo. Original vellum, titles gilt to spine and front, gilt-stamped superlibros to front, spine in compartments with blind-ruled bands, ornate brass metal pieces to outer corners, red silk book marker, top edge gilt.
Photographic portrait frontspiece.
Vellum lightly spotted, a little minor spotting to endpapers, a sound and attractive copy in excellent condition.
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