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Tabula Bembina: Sive Mensa Isiaca - The Isiac Tablet of Cardinal Bembo, Its History and Occult Significance

M.B. W. Wynn Westcott

Published by Bath: Robt. H. Fryar
Condition: Fair to Good
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This is the true first edition, 1887 publication. Condition: There is a previous owner's book plate to the front endpaper, on the title page there is a plate placed below the publication year from Theosophical Book Concern in Boston, Mass- may be where the book was originally sold. The book is edgeworn with the corners in particular where the blue cloth has been worn down to expose the boards. There is foxing to the endpapers but not to the interior. There is water damage to the back cover, covers ~4"x2" area midway alongside the edge of the book which shows throughout the pages either some or not at all- the water damage to the edges of the pages is ~2" and goes in ~1/4"-1/2" deep. All text and plates are free of foxing and water damage. The book is in Fair to Good Condition but as the binding is tight and all the pages are free of most detriment I would call this a solid Good Condition due to the age and scarcity of the title. Book Description: Landscape format folio, 15" x 11.5", xvi + 20pp. Blue cloth covered boards with gold inlay for text and cover design. Two tipped in plates, one of the Isis Tablet opposite the title page and the other has two diagrams, one is Ã’The Diagram of Eliphaz LeviÃ" and the second is Ã’WestcottÕs Diagram From The Views Of KircherÃ". The title page is printed in red and black. Double-column printing. Published in 1887 in a Limited Edition run of 100 copies. This is W. Wynn Westcott's study of the Isiac Tablet, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was sold to Cardinal Bembo by a soldier in 1527. The tablet is made of bronze, and is covered with representations of Egyptian deities and hieroglyphs, and was said to have been part of the temple of Isis (hence the verb "Isiac"). It attracted the attention of writers on esoteric subjects from Athanasius Kircher through to Eliphas Levi, all of whose opinions were recorded and examined by Westcott in his study. Westcott was one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the fraternity in which Aleister Crowley received his early training in magic and would make a profound influence on his own studies in the occult. Bookseller Inventory # 27224

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Title: Tabula Bembina: Sive Mensa Isiaca - The ...

Publisher: Bath: Robt. H. Fryar

Binding: Landscape Format Folio

Book Condition:Fair to Good

Edition: First Edition.

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