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ANACALYPSIS. An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis; or an Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations and Religions by Godfrey Higgins. 2 Volumes

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ANACALYPSIS. An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis; or an Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations and Religions by Godfrey Higgins. 2 Volumes

395.00

New Hyde Park: University Books, 1965. First Edition Thus. 2 Hardcover Volumes. Large Quarto (9.5 x 12 inches). #36 of a limited edition of 500 copies for the United States (and 500 for Great Britain). Bound in green cloth with decorative gilt titles to front and spines. In the original colorful dust jackets. Top edge stained red (as issued). Original subscription certificate is laid in from time of purchase with name of subscriber and limitation number (limitation number also stated on page facing title page). Over 1400 total pages. 39 b/w figures at the end of the second volume. This is an extremely large and heavy set of books, weighing in at over 12 pounds. Both volumes are in fine condition. Some edge wear and a few short tears to the otherwise very good dust jackets which are not price clipped (now in protective mylar sleeves). A fantastic production and quite scarce in this condition.

This massive work is the product of more than twenty years of research during which Higgins tried to uncover "a most ancient and universal religion from which all later creeds and doctrines sprang". The work details many of Higgins' beliefs and observations about the development of religion. Among these was his theory that a secret religious order, which he labeled "Pandeism" had continued from ancient times to the present day, stretching at least from Greece to India, and possibly having once covered the entire world. The book is filled with curious, unusual, and forgotten lore and the amount of information presented is staggering to say the least. A biography of the author, and a history of the book, appears in a Postface by Leslie Shepard at the conclusion of Volume II.

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