London: "Westminster Gazette" Office, No Date . "Third Edition" Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. 136 pp, illustrations, portraits. Issued as Westminster Gazette Library. vol. 2. This is the American issue, with a different page count from the UK issue, and with the price of 'Fifty Cents" on the front wrapper (the UK edition was priced at One Shilling). The inner front cover has an advertisement for Stanyon's School of Magic, West Hampstead, London, the rear panel has an advert for T.F. Gould & Co., Needham, Mass, the US distributor. Cheap paper lightly browned but still supple. Neatly restored - resewn, spine replaced with sympathetic red paper, inner hinges reinforced with rice paper. While this is stated to be the "Third Edition", we cannot locate any mention anywhere in any library catalogue of a Second Edition; and the first edition was presumably the newspaper serialization. The British Library has only this Third Edition (as well as a Fourth Edition with the attributed date of "1895"). Quite a nice copy of a very rare book which was quite likely supressed; a remarkable survival. Item #311713
¶ When the Theosophical Society was founded in the late nineteenth-century by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott, one of the main tenants central to Theosophical belief was the idea that a group of spiritual adepts known as 'The Masters' not only exist but were responsible for the production of early Theosophical texts. In Theosophical literature, these Masters are also referred to as the Mahatmas, Adepts, Masters of Wisdom, Masters of Compassion, and Elder Brothers. HPB stated that the Theosophical teachings were passed on to her by the Mahatmas, who lived in various parts of the world.
After the death of HPB, another theosophist, Walter Gorn Old (who wrote books on occult subjects under the pseudonym 'Sepharial'), supplied theosophical documents to Garnett which he used to write 'ISIS VERY MUCH UNVEILED'. Originally serialized in the Westminster Gazette from 29 October to 8 November 1894. Garrett exposed the fraud of the Mahatmas, the Mahatma Letters and revealed quarrels in the Theosophical Society after the death of Helena Blavatsky.