London: "Westminster Gazette" Office. No Date . "Third Edition" Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. 142 pp, illustrations, portraits. Issued as Westminster Gazette Library. vol. 2; cover price One Shilling. From the library of Dr. Charles Muses, author of occult and esoteric works & founder of the Jacob Boehme society, with his pencil note on the title page "3rd Edition, ca. 1895", but no other notes or marks in his hand. A rough copy: rear cover replaced with brown paper, spine partially missing and taped, pictorial front cover was torn free and is now rather crudely re-attached with tape. Internally there are a few small stains but the paper is good and the text is quite readable. 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"). A very rare book, quite likely supressed. Item #311719
¶ 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.