Manchester: At the University Press, 1919. First Edition, First Impression. Tall crown octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles on spine. 234 pp +  pp ads at rear (for Recent and Forthcoming Publications of the John Rylands Library); Illustrated with 23 full-page plates and 9 figures in the text. Minor occasional annotations (tick marks, underlined text). From the library of Dr. Charles Muses, author of occult and esoteric works & founder of the Jacob Boehme society, with his name stamp on the front free endpaper, and with minor marks to the margins of the text throughout; rear free end paper contains approximately 10 lines of annotations including page numbers and related notes/concepts in his hand. With the additional signature of Charles Glen Wallis on the title page and his bookplate on the front endpaper. Small bookseller's ticket (Samuel Weiser Occult Books, 117 Fourth Avenue, New York 3, NY) on front paste-down. Cloth dull, spine a bit faded, front board slghtly creased, corners a bit bumped and worn; browning to endpapers. A good to very good copy of a scarce book. Item #311745
¶ A compilation of three lecture series which the author delivered shortly after WWI, in which Smith proposed a theory of how the dragon originated as a representation of the Mother Goddess, a symbol of the power and mystery of nature, and later evolved into a symbol of evil, turning into the prototype for the Christian devil. He uses linguistic, ethnographic, and biological data to bolster his theory.