The Nature and Aim of Theosophy: An Essay Read Before the Cincinnati Literary Club, January 17, 1886. J. D. Buck, Jirah Dewey.
The Nature and Aim of Theosophy: An Essay Read Before the Cincinnati Literary Club, January 17, 1886
The Nature and Aim of Theosophy: An Essay Read Before the Cincinnati Literary Club, January 17, 1886
The Nature and Aim of Theosophy: An Essay Read Before the Cincinnati Literary Club, January 17, 1886

Early American Theosophy with a Contemporary Ownership Signature

The Nature and Aim of Theosophy: An Essay Read Before the Cincinnati Literary Club, January 17, 1886

Notes: A survey of the history and influences of theosophy by one of the movement's early American supporters. The Cincinnati Theosophical Society, one of the first American branches of the Theosophical Society, started at Buck's house just a few months after he gave this speech. Buck was a homeopath and an active theosophist.

Theosophy was started in New York in 1875, making it one of the most important religious and spiritual traditions to be founded in the United States.

42 pages, including an allegorical frontispiece. 5 by 5-7/8 inches.

Edition + Condition: First edition. A near fine copy in thin orange wrappers, with a small chip missing on the back cover (copies are seen with various types of paper used for the covers). With the ownership signature of Ella Jeanette Howard dated March 1886 on the title page. This may be the Ella J. Howard (b. 1854) who is listed in the 1880 census as working as a school teacher just north of Cincinnati.

While sources differ, the Cincinnati Branch was in the first eight or first fourteen branches of the Theosophical Society in the US making this an artifact from the very beginning of theosophy in the US.

Publication: Cincinnati, OH: Press of Robert Clarke & Co., 1886.

Item No: #307595

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