Quartum Organum by Krypton. Pageant Press, Inc. New York. (1959) Second edition. 799 pages. Numerous black and white graphs, including a fold-out page. Hardcover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: While the dust jacket is only missing a few small chips, It is held together and re-enforced by sacotch tape on all edges and joints. There is a bit of water staining showing inside the dj. BOOK: Bright gilt lettering to front cover and spine. A touch of whoite residue on the spine appearing to be from the dust jacket. Moderate cover edge wear. A few pin-head sized spots of soiling on the top of the page block. Erasure marks on the first blank page. No other previous owner markings. No tears, unpublished folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. FC18a
"A very strange book, apparently written largely during the war years. In the Introduction the author writes of the "two spiritually wasted millenia" of the Piscean Age, and looks forward to the approaching new cycle, the Aquarian Age, "an age of enlightenment and right values, of faith in things with known substantives instead of unproven creeds." [Thank heavens the poor man can't see the world now.] The text itself is an abstruse occult / philosophical / quasi-scientific survey of life, evolution (spiritual and biological), the universe, and all of which it is composed. More than with most works it would not be possible to give a proper overview of the book without reading it - something the cataloguer simply has no time to do." from a Weiser Antiquarian Books catalogue, discussing a first edition.
"CAN "THE RIDDLE OF THE UNIVERSE" BE SOLVED? SINCE THE DAWN OF recorded history men have tried, but "the riddle" still remains. They failed, and all because they lacked the one essential--the key to Causation. This is the master key that unlocks all mysteries, but that key was lost in the spiritual night of the past 6,000 years.
In that mythopoeic age that preceded this, men knew vastly more about Causation and Creation than he does today, but knowing also that an age of darkness was coming upon the world, the wise Initiates hid that key in certain Creation symbols--myth and scripture, zodiac and pyramid. These are the archives of the Ancient Wisdom, and now the time has come for that wisdom to return, hence this volume." from the preface of this edition.