Anna Kingsford - Clothed with The Sun. Being the book of the Illuminations - 1889

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Anna Kingsford - Clothed with The Sun. Being the book of the Illuminations - 1889
theosophy/spirituality/gnosticism - Quantity: 1 - Book

Anna Kingsford (née Bonus; 1846 – 1888) was interested in Buddhism and Gnosticism, and became active in the Theosophical movement in England, becoming president of the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society in 1883. In 1884 she founded the Hermetic Society. She said she received insights in trance-like states and in her sleep; these were collected from her manuscripts and pamphlets by her lifelong collaborator Edward Maitland, and published posthumously in the book, Clothed with the Sun (1889).
Here, for sale, exactly this title, in the extremely rare first edition.

But what makes this book even more special is its famous owner, as well as the notes, underlinings, additions that appear in the book (and which I tried to photograph as clearly as possible). The famous owner, whose gorgeous ex libris is found on the back of the front cover is Marie Sinclair, Countess of Caithness (1830 – 1895), who is particularly remembered for her interest in spiritualism and theosophy and her association with Helena Blavatsky, whose occult successor she claimed to be. On the site shakespeare.org.uk blogs words of love you will be able to find a letter of Countess of Caithness (uncontested as origin), and comparing it with the writing in the book, it will be very easy to see that it is the writing of the same person.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
theosophy/spirituality/gnosticism
Author/ Illustrator
Anna Kingsford
Book Title
Clothed with The Sun. Being the book of the Illuminations
Condition
Fine
Publication year oldest item
1889
Edition
1st Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
London, George Redway
Binding/ Material
Hardback
Number of pages
314
Dimensions
20×15 cm
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