221p. plus xvi(p.) adverts for other works by Randolph. Gilt symbols on front cover above the word "Try." 23cm. Extremities frayed. Moderate cover wear and scuffing. Bookplate from a Metaphysical Library in Buffalo. Light stain along upper portion of fore-edge. Randolph, a spiritualist, Rosicrucian, sex-magician, and mail-order sex therapist and adviser, wrote numerous exotic and obscure books and pamphlets. He may also have been the first commercially successful importer and promoter of hashish (though he later repudiated its use). His writings will strike many readers as the zany theories of an entertaining and largely harmless oddball, but he has had a real following over the years and some of his books have been reprinted from time to time for those who have a continuing attachment to parts of his mystical thinking. Randolph's mother was an African American. His writings contain occasional and sometimes veiled references to his racial identity. Randolph, at one point, improbably stated that his mother was of royal descent from Madagascar, with not a drop of blood from the continent of Africa, but this was only one of several explanations by Randolph of his mother's ancestry. Randolph's mixed racial background was not unknown during his lifetime, though it seems to have been largely forgotten after his death until publication of Deveney's book [Deveney, John Patrick. Paschal Beverly Randolph . Albany: SUNY PRESS, (c. 1997)]. Deveney's fascinating biography is the source for virtually everything now known about Randolph, apart from information in his own texts.Eulis is one of Randolph's most important books, representing, according to Deveney, Randolph's "most succinct statement of the esoteric theory and practice of love that Randolph had been expounding since 1860: true love is the complete exaltation of the magnetic union of male and female." [Deveney p. 362]. The1874 edition, identified as the "Second Edition" on the title-page, is, according to Deveney, the earliest known edition of this title. Perhaps the first edition existed only in manuscript. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Eulis! The History of Love: Its Wondrous ...
Publication Date: 1906
Book Condition: Good
Edition: Fourth edition.
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