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What is Occultism? A Philosophical Study - Papus


Gérard Encausse (1865-1916), who wrote under the pseudonym 'Papus', was a Spanish born French physician, hypnotist, writer and populariser of the occult. He founded the Martinist Order in 1886, a form of Christian mysticism and esoteric tradition first transmitted through a masonic high-degree system. This study of the occult, subtitled 'A Philosophical Study,' reveals the practical elements of magic, with two chapters on the practice of occultism and traditions of magic. He investigates the philosophy behind the occult, with chapters on ethics, aesthetics, theodicy and sociology. This 1913 English edition is a translation by Fred Rothwell. 


London: William Rider & Son, Ltd., 1913. First edition in English. Hardback.


8vo. 101 pp, [3]. Publisher’s blue cloth with embossed lettering at front, lettered gilt at spine, in blue typographic dust jacket.


Condition: Toning at endpapers, very light foxing at page edges, spine slightly leaning and faded, else a bright and clean example for its age. Near fine in slightly browned, near fine dust jacket.