Varieties of Religious Experience - William James
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. Full title: The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature. Early edition.
Edition. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,1914. Twenty-Fifth Impression. 9" x 6" 534pp.
Volume and condition. Publisher's original grey cloth, with a worn paper title label to the spine. Top edge gilt. The cloth is very browned and darkened in places, with some wear and fraying to the extremities, most notably the top and bottom of the spine. Originally this was a rather well produced book, and that has had the fortunate effect of making this a strong and solid copy despite the wear. Internally clean, bearing a Treadwell's label dated September 2019 stating that this volume originated in the library of Jean Williams and Zachary Cox. A robust and enduring copy of an influential work.