William Kingsland was a prominent Theosophist in the years c. 1890 to 1909, during which time he was an eloquent advocate for the movement. This book was written for the thinking, feeling late Victrorian whocould not swallow the impossibilities of a literal interpretation of the Bible. the esoteric truths of Christianity were valid, spiritually profound, and non sectarian. Those same truths were to be found at the inner core of all religions. Kingsland's argument was both radical and deeply attractive to the thousands of Victorians who read the work and who joined the Theosophical movement. This 1895 first edition is a beautiful embodiment of these high ideals.
London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1895, First Edition. Hardback, 195 + 44 pges.
The Esoteric Basis of Christianity, William Kingsland. 19.5 x 13 cms. 195 pp +44 pp introduction. Bound in publisher's original green cloth, titled in black to spine and front board. Bumping and fraying to head and tail of spine and corners, spine slightly canted. Cosmetic crack to side of spine, inner hinges starting. Owner's inscription to flyleaf from 1941, as well as a more recent owner's bookplate from 1994. Internally clean, handwritten correction to publisher's title error on page 187. An uncommon first edition of this interesting study.