UK: The Society of Esoteric Endeavour. 2018. First Edition. First Edition. Tall octavo, 31.5cm x 16cm, bound in publisher's quarter lambskin over marbled paper boards with a 3-dimensional tower made of marble dust and resin onlaid on the front cover, spine panel titled and decorated in gilt, all encased in an elaborately marbled dust wrapper. 134 pp, b&w illustrations. Printed on 160 gm mould made paper with natural texture, decorated endpapers. 120 numbered copies only, this being copy No. 58. out-of print upon publication. Due to the elaborate production techniques and the mutability of the marbled papers, each copy is unique. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #310905
¶ The mystical tower is an archetype expressing human aspiration to the Divine. This book describes that archetype and some of its incarnations in actual towers of stone. The reader is led into the tower and up through its stages, the Vertical Pilgrimage. At each level the symbolism and sacred geometry is described and illustrated with a series of two page diagrams, the format of the book giving a one foot square double page spread. The relevant traditions of the esoteric nature of the compass directions and the associated lore of the Winds are explored.
These principles, which inspire European architecture, stretch back to the Classical times and earlier, its roots include pre-Roman Etruscan religion. But they express a relationship between humanity and the Cosmos which is universal. Thus the Ideal Tower functions as a shared mind-temple by which we can relate to the Universe. It is a mind-temple made real, both by this book itself and in the form of those actual historical towers that make manifest its principles. The latter are discussed in Book II which deals with a particular flowering of sacred tower building prompted by the Great Fire of London. The numinous nature of these churches has, by no means, gone unnoticed. They have inspired some of the best known psycho-geographical speculation in the form of poetry and fiction, notably Ian Sinclair's Lud's Heat and Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor. It should be noted that both gentlemen are major figures in contemporary British literature. Both discern occult mysteries relating to the London churches built by Hawksmoor, Wren and their colleagues. The Ideal Tower explains the esoteric principles that these architects used to create the buildings that later generations were to find so compelling and so mysterious. This work is the fruition of decades of research, both scholarly and artistic, which generated numerous images and diagrams. Needless to say the tower format of the book is perfect for their presentation.