Friday, May 21, 2010
This is so amazing looking, I will probably frame it and put it on my wall. The colors are so in tact and vivid. This is a folded 8x11 advertisement for the book, published in 1916 by The Advanced Thought Publishing Co. In 2007 the University of California Libraries digitized the entire book and you can read it online here.
The author, Swami Panchadasi, was actually William Walker Atkinson. He wrote over a hundred books on various occult topics, but Wikipedia points out that due to his "intense personal secrecy" and use of dozens of pseudonyms, he never really gained lasting notoriety. You can read his entire wiki bio here.
Of course it would be great to own a first edition of the actual book, but I did find that you can still purchase reprinted editions.
Below is a clip from the inside panel. The entire ad basically describes chapter-by-chapter of what you can find in the book: