The Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus

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William Rider & Son, 1914.  355 pages, plus 36 pages of publishers titles to the rear. Second edition revised with preface by A.E. Waite.  Translated by A. P. Morton.  Illustrated with numerous plates and woodcuts.  A bright, clean copy with no previous owner's markings or inscriptions. Cloth corners bumped and rubbed, markings, to edges, light wear to boards. A very good example. 

Absolute Key To The Occult Science, The Most Ancient Book In The World, For The Use Of Initiates. 

'For centuries, organised religion and the rise of scientific thought had obscured the occult teachings of the gypsies of central Europe. This classic work, first published in 1889 as Le Tarot des Bohemiens : Le Plus Ancien Livre du Monde by the French writer known as 'Papus',  describes and consolidates these teachings. The author states that the wisdom of the Kabbalah, the Freemasons and the ancient Egyptians had been kept alive by the Tarot of these nomadic gypsies, and traces the influence of these teachings on this form of divination, allowing the reader to develop a practical understanding of the Tarot in a broader context. Each card of both the Minor and Major Arcana is introduced in turn, together with a key to their use in interpretation.

A pillar of occult science, The Tarot of the Bohemians provides a theological element to the work begun by Antoine Court de Gébelin, Etteila, and Éliphas Lévi, and advanced by A. E. Waite, the distinguished scholar and designer of the most widely known deck. Geared toward initiates, its topics include an introduction to the study of the Tarot as well as its symbolism and applications.'


Gerard Encausse, whose  published works under the pseudonym of Papus, was born at Corunna in Spain on July 13, 1865. His mother was Spanish and Father was French, Louis Encausse, a chemist. His family moved to Paris when he was four years old. 
He joined the French Theosophical Society shortly after it was founded by Madame Blavatsky in 1884 - 1885, but he resigned soon after joining because he disliked the Society's emphasis on Eastern occultism.
In 1888, he co-founded his own group, the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Croix. That same year, he and his friend Lucien Chamuel founded the Librarie du Merveilleux and its monthly revue L'Initiation, which remained in publication until 1914.
Encausse was also a member of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temple in Paris, and was also a spiritual student of the French spiritualist healer, Anthelme Nizier Philippe, "Maître Philippe de Lyon". He was also founder of the Martinist Order.
Despite his heavy involvement in occultism and occultist groups, Encausse managed to find time to pursue more conventional academic studies at the University of Paris. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1894 upon submitting a dissertation on Philosophical Anatomy. He opened a clinic in the rue Rodin which was quite successful.
When World War I broke out, Encausse joined the French army medical corps. While working in a military hospital, he contracted tuberculosis and died on October 25, 1916, at the age of 51.