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EGYPTIAN MAGIC (Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. VIII) by Florence Farr, Writing as "S. S. D. D." Edited by W. Wynn Westcott (1896)

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EGYPTIAN MAGIC (Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. VIII) by Florence Farr, Writing as "S. S. D. D." Edited by W. Wynn Westcott (1896)

250.00

London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1896. First Edition. Small octavo. 88 pp. Blue cloth with gilt title to spine, b&w illustrations. Quite rare. Light edge wear to spine tips. Paper split at front hinge but does not effect binding which remains strong and secure. Some foxing to title page and a couple other pages. This is a bright copy in very good or better condition.

The eighth volume of the "Collectanea Hermetica" series, of which W. Wynn Westcott was the series editor. 'S. S. D. D.' - the initials under which this particular text was published - stand for 'Sapientia Sapienti Dona Data' ('wisdom is a gift given to the wise'), the magical motto taken by Florence Farr as a member of the Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn. The book is a study of Egyptian magic and rituals. Westcott was of course one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA), and Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge (the well-known London Masonic Lodge devoted to Masonic research). Florence Farr was initiated into the Golden Dawn in 1890. She progressed quickly and two years later was named Praemonstratrix. She demonstrated her accomplishments in her first books, A Short Enquiry into the Hermetic Art (1894) and Egyptian Magic (1896). In 1896 she began the Sphere group, a magical working group that included Inner Order adepts. The following year S.L. MacGregor Mathers, named her the order's "Chief in Anglia." However, her leadership also meant that she would be in the center of the storm that hit the order in 1900 when many of the British members protested the autocratic authority that Mathers was attempting to exercise from his office in Paris. The controversy led to an attempted expulsion of Mathers from his own order by misguided "Adepts." Farr tired of the constant bickering and in 1902 resigned from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. She continued her involvement in occult matters through the Theosophical Society. 

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