First edition, first printing. Possibly annotated by one of the author's, with several notes and corrections in ink in a contemporary hand, apparently preparing the work for a future edition. Publisher's original gray cloth with titles in black to the upper board. Illustrated with several black and white plates and numerous drawing and diagrams within the text. 4pp. printed Italian introduction to the work tipped-in at the front. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little toning to the spine and bumping to the corners. The contents with toning to the endpapers and the odd spot of light foxing are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout.
An uncommon title by the influential British theosophists Annie Besant (1847-1933) and Charles Webster Leadbetter (1854-1934). Arguing that the structure of chemical elements can be assessed through clairvoyant observation with the microscopic vision of the third eye, the work forms a series of illustrated descriptions of the presumed etheric counterparts of the atoms of the then known chemical elements, in addition to discussion of various other theories of occult physics. The present copy appears to have been annotated in preparation for a future edition (or else by a dedicated student of the subject), with the manuscript corrections displaying great attention to technical detail. Another possibility is that this copy was used by Alfred Percy Sinnett (1840-1921), who edited the second edition of 1919.
Stock code: 21414