formerly Shakespeare and Company Books, now VIcarious Experience

Perfect Way or The Finding of Christ by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland (2nd edition 1887)

The Perfect Way or The Finding of Christ
Kingsford, Anna (Bonus) and Maitland, Edward; : Field and Tuer,(London/1887); 2nd edition (enlarged/revised); G; Not Ex-Library, Not Book Club, Not Print on Demand; HB- Dark green cl w/dark blue cl paste-down label on front(w/black lettering/design, minimal edgewear) + spine(gilt lettering, partially detached), minimal edgewear/bumping, 1st endpage + ffep torn off, spine strong; 342pgs-5pgs illustrations, Theosophical lib stamp on front/back endpage, clean/flat, aging.

Prominent among mystics + theosophists in the 1880's as well as politically active throughout her adult life, Kingsford was a feminist, vegetarian, + anti-vivisectionist. In addition to serving a term as Theosophical Society president (London) she founded (+headed) the Hermetic Society (forerunner of Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn). Aleister Crowley stated: ‘She, + she alone, made Theosophy possible, + without Theosophy the world-wide interest in similar matters would never have been aroused.’
Kingsford’s principal collaborator in mysticism was Edward Maitland,Together, Kingsford + Maitland elaborated the teachings of what they called "the new Gospel of Interpretation" through a series of lectures. These lectures + a collection of Kingsford/Maitland's spiritual revelations was published in 1882 entitled ‘The Perfect Way, or the Finding of Christ’; it would be the only text of her mystical illuminations published during her lifetime. Complex and groundbreaking, the book explained the misinterpretation + misuse of biblical texts over centuries + the potential for Christianity to be less bound by tradition and the clergy.