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PHALLICISM. Celestial and Terrestrial; Its Connexion with the Rosicrucians and the Gnostics ... (1884) by Hargrave Jennings (with Separate Plates)

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PHALLICISM. Celestial and Terrestrial; Its Connexion with the Rosicrucians and the Gnostics ... (1884) by Hargrave Jennings (with Separate Plates)

295.00

JENNINGS, Hargrave

Phallicism; Celestial and Terrestrial; Heathen and Christian; Its Connexion with the Rosicrucians and the Gnostics and its Foundation in Buddhism; With an Essay on Mystic Anatomy (with the scarce pamphlet entitled: Illustrations of Phallicism consisting of Ten Plates of Remains of Ancient Art with Descriptions)

London: George Redway, 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Publisher's brown cloth, bevelled edges, gilt titles to spine. Title page in black and red. xxvii + 298 pp. 24 page Redway catalogue at end of volume. Illustration pamphlet is 26 pages and includes 10 plates showing 6 designs from old engravings, and 6 engravings here reproduced for the first time. A rare volume and especially so with the series of plates. 

Book has some rubbing and light spotting to cloth and is in very good condition. Illustration pamphlet has some foxing to last few pages and a short tear to final page. It remains in very good condition. 

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Jennings was a Freemason and Rosicrucian who authored several occult works. This is his somewhat controversial work on the foundations of Phallicism. Here he uses the term 'Phallicism' to refer to the sexual organs of both sexes. Here is an exhaustive account of that worship of the creative powers of nature which, under various names, has prevailed among all nations of antiquity and of medieval times, alike in Egypt and India, in Italy and Greece, among the Israelites of old, and among the primitive inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland. Jennings also elaborates on specific Rosicrucian, Gnostic and Buddhist elements which relate to the phallic ideal. Much like Godfrey Higgins, General Forlong, Thomas Inman, and Richard Payne Knight, Jennings sees Phallicism everywhere throughout the ancient world. The separate pamphlet of erotic plates is very uncommon and was issued only to subscribers.