The Magicians Of The Golden Dawn by Ellic Howe


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Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972. First edition. A Documentary History of a Magical Order 1887-1923. Mild darkening to jacket edges, light shelf wear to corners, otherwise a very good copy. 

A critical account of the history of The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn, an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

'The Golden Dawn story, with its casts of eccentric characters and its saga of faked documents, mythical 'Rosicrucian' adepts, 'Secret Chiefs', and bitter internecine quarrels, will delight those interested in the unusual and fantastic. Many suppose The Golden Dawn represents a particularly authoritative source of authority and knowledge. Whilst a wider public has been intrigued by W. B. Yeats' lengthy connection to the order, also by the membership of his friends Annie Horniman and Florence Farr. 

Ellic Howe was historian of 'underground' movements. His exhaustive analysis is based upon hitherto inaccessible letters and other papers. It was too, the first detailed study if this curious order's tangled and incredible history. 

During World War II Howe worked for Britain's Political Warfare Executive on psychological warfare and forgery techniques under the name 'Armin Hull'.'