It is hard to overstate the importance of this work on religious experience, which shaped the discourse around religion and human consciousness throughout the 20th century. Importantly, William James concentrated on the experience itself, and the sense of the numinous, and thus opened for many the sense of religion beyond the structures of Christianity. 

      The book thus rightly has a place in the study of occultism and paganism, both of which flowered in the decades following the book's publication.


London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1914. Twenty Fifth Impression stated. 


The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature. William James. 9" x 6". 534pp. Bound in original publisher's grey buckram cloth, with a heavily worn paper label to the spine. spine and extremities darkened, cloth somewhat soiled and stained here and there. Front spine hinge cosmetically cracked and frayed at a couple of points. Book a little shaken in its binding but still strong and stable. Top edge gilt. Internally clean with some pencil underlining and annotation. Treadwell's label to the front pastedown stating that this volume came from the library of Jean Williams and Zachary Cox. 



Varieties of Religious Experience - William James