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  • Author: Eliphas Levi

    Publication date: 1861

    Country: France

    Language: French

    Publisher: Germer Bailliere, Libraire - Editeur, Paris

    Binding: paperback

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    • Publisher: Germer Bailliere, Libraire - Editeur, Paris (1861) 

      It reveals the mysteries of religion and the secrets of the Qabalah, providing a sketch of the prophetic theology of numbers. The mysteries of nature, such as spiritualism and fluidic phantoms, are explored. Magical mysteries, the Theory of the Will with its 22 axioms are divulged. And finally it offers the great practical secrets. The true greatness of this work, however, lies in its ability to place occult thought firmly in Western religious traditions. For Levi, the study of the occult was the study of a divine science, the mathematics of God." [Goodreads] Please see below for more information on the author, Eliphas Levi.

      Eliphas Levi (1810-1875), born Alphonse Louis Constant, was a sage, poet and author of over twenty esoteric books. He began writing at 22 years of age and was imprisoned twice for the critical nature of his work. He married at age 36 and began writing under the name of Eliphas Levi eight years later. His first publication under his new pen name was titled Dogma of High Magic, and was first translated into English 42 years after its initial publication. His main activities in public involved the spreading of information, by publishing various magazines, poems, books and so on. In one of his posthumous works, he writes, "Ignorance is the cause of all mistakes, of all crimes and of all the evils tormenting humanity." His literary work was dedicated to doing justice by spreading truth, for he loved humanity and always cherished the hope of a better world for future generations.

    • Dickens uses literal translations of French idioms for characters who cannot speak English, such as "What the devil do you do in that galley there?!!" and "Where is my wife? ---Here you see me." The Penguin Classics edition of the novel notes that "Not all readers have regarded the experiment as a success.".

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Budget $500- $1000, Occult