THE ILLUMINED WAY A Guide To Neophytes being a sequel to "Light on the Path". Aleister Crowley Followed Her, Mme. Blavatsky Hated Her.
Published by The Yogi Publication Society, 4000 Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, Illinois 1903. First edition (as indicated from class lessons to be given at future dates advertised at the rear) originally published monthly in Lucifer Magazine (Mabel Collins and Madame Blavatsky were Co Editors of Lucifer) as "Comments on Light on the Path," from September 1887 to January 1888. Softcover tan wrappers, 7.5" x 5", 42 pages plus 4 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. VERY GOOD Condition: light wear, tiny staining/tearing to the covers, internally, light wear from age/use, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, just one copy in OCLC collections worldwide.
Mabel Collins (b. Great Britain 1851-1927) important, controversial and influential occult figure, author, medium, spiritualist, Theosophist, anti vivisection campaigner, women's suffrage and rights advocate. Her influential book Light on the Path (first published anonymously in 1885) remains a classic work in the Theosophical Movement. Co Editor with Mme. Blavatsky of the Theosophy society's journal Lucifer until the celibate Mme. Blavatsky freaked out over her many lovers, called her a "mystical vampire" and cancelled her. However, occultist and Thelema founder Aleister Crowley recommended her mystical writing to his followers. Yet another curious episode were allegations of her affair with the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper. According to Crowley in his Confessions, she had a lover who was a doctor and later evidence strongly suggested he was the infamous Ripper - it wasn't.
Founder of the Yogi Publication Society, William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932) American Swami and highly influential Occultists, New Thought writer and publisher. Atkinson wrote under a wide variety of pseudonyms and personas, such as Theron Q. Dumont, Theodore Sheldon, Magus Incognito, Swami Panchadasi, Swami Bhakta Vishita, and Yogi Ramacharaka.