York Beach, Maine: Teitan Press. 2012. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. First Printing of this New Edition. Octavo, original dark blue cloth titled in gilt on spine, seal of 'The Aquarian Foundation' in gilt on front panel. Portrait frontispiece, 167 pp. 500 numbered copies printed, of which this is copy Number 96. In addition, this is one of a very small number of 'special launch-week' copies bearing a bookplate signed by the author on the front free endpaper- copies issued with the signed bookplate were only available during the first week of publication in September, 2012. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #309420
¶ Originally published by the Sun Publishing Company in Akron, Ohio in 1927, "Foundation Letters and Teachings" is a collection of writings by Edward Arthur Wilson (1878-1934), more widely known as "Brother XII," an English occultist who founded an alternative spiritual community called the Aquarian Foundation on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 1927. The Foundation attracted thousands of members at its height, but the group fell apart after a series of financial and sexual scandals. Brother XII subsequently established a new colony, a so-called City of Refuge on a group of islands in the Strait of Georgia, becoming the prototypical cult leader, as the settlement was alleged to have been run, in many respects, like a virtual prison camp. Brother XII and his magical companion, a sinister practitioner of ritual magic named Madame Z, asserted a dictatorial control over the lives of the members, fortified their empire against invasion, and amassed a fortune in gold. In 1932, the disciples revolted and the colony collapsed, with fleeing members recounting stories of Brother XII's bizarre behavior, including psychic attacks that he is said to have launched against his enemies. A classic "man of mystery," Wilson's death in Switzerland remains a matter of speculation. "Foundation Letters and Teachings" includes eighteen early letters by Brother XII, seven articles that lay out the fundamentals of his Teachings, and five periodical articles, four of which appeared in "The Occult Review" in 1926 and generated enormous comment and controversy. This new edition is reset and corrected, and includes a Foreword by John Oliphant, Brother XII's biographer, and the foremost authority on his life.