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The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain - Comyns Beaumont


Comyns Beaumont (1879-1955) was a British writer and imaginative occult thinker whose speculative occult ideas were later picked up by Velikovsky and von Daaniken. He started from the idea that Britain might be Atlantis, and the Bible history in fact alluded to Britain rather than the Middle East. This gave rise to his revelations: "Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified just outside Edinburgh, Scotland — the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Satan was a comet that collided with the earth and caused Noah's Flood. The ancient Egyptians were in fact Irishmen. Hell is to be found in Western Scotland. The Greek hero Achilles spent his childhood on the Isle of Skye. Galilee, birthplace of Jesus, was Wales. Ancient Athens was in reality Bath, England." His work The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain, here presented in its 1948 2nd impression, with its striking (and rare) dustwrapper, is a treasure of wonders. 


Publication. The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain. Comyns Beaumont. London: Rider & Co. [1948] Second Impression. 8.5” x 5.5” 208pp. 21 Illustrations and 2 maps.


Volume and condition. Bound in publisher's original pale red cloth titled in gilt to the spine. Some very slight wear to the extremities here and there, in a price-clipped example of the dustwrapper, some areas of chipping and small bits of loss to the edges, and an unfortunate tear to the upper left hand corner of the spine panel. Nevertheless a bright and clean copy of a fascinating book seldom seen in dustwrapper.