Dion Fortune's ideas of magical partnership hinged on the energy generated by erotic tension and the power of sublimated desire. Fortune came to maturity in an era where sex was very much a hot topic among thinkers, an era in which psychology was just emerging as a discipline. She herself worked as an analyst at a pioneering clinic whose specialities were shell-shock and 'aberrant sexualities.' Esoteric Philosophy and Marriage is the work of a female occultist in her early thirties steeped in this milieu. This first edition is a touchstone to the subsequent lineage of women occultists whose professional lives have been in the field of psychology-- Vivianne Crowley and Jean Williams, to name but two. We recommend the work of scholar Georgia van Raalte for a full appreciation of Dion Fortune's writings on sexuality (see here)
London: William Rider and Son, 1924. First edition. Hardback, 132 pages.
First edition in publisher's original grey cloth, titled in black to spine and board. Wear and loss to cloth at head of spine. Fraying and bumping with repair to spine. Good strong copy.