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The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor - by Joscelyn Godwin, Christian Chanel and John P. DeveneyThe Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor
Initiatic and Historical Documents
of an Order of Practical Occultism

Joscelyn Godwin, Christian Chanel, John P. Deveney

The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, active in the last decades of the 19th century, was the only order of its time that taught practical occultism in the Western Mystery Tradition. This is the first complete and undistorted account, tracing the origins, founders, and practices of this very secretive order, which counted among its members many of the well-known figures of late 19th-century occultism, spiritualism, and Theosophy, including Max Theon, Peter Davidson, Thomas Henry Burgoyne and Paschal Beverly Randolph. This scholarly work provides all the materials for revisioning the history, assigning this important brotherhood its rightful place as one of the most influential esoteric orders of its time.

Samuel Weiser, Inc
452pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 87728 838 0


[This book] . . . provides both accurate texts of the "teachings" and a variety of entertaining documents that set out the Brotherhood's checkered history. Virtually none of this material has previously been accessible, and for those interested in the Victorian "Occult Revival," this book - with its meticulous annotations - will be a welcome source of new information.                                                                                                   - R. A. Gilbert
                                                                         Societas Rosicruciana Anglia, 1994-1995

This book fits into the read-and-keep list. Its authors have covered their ground well . . . . Read this book; then read it again .  .  .                                                          -Michael Crisp
                                                                                                           Gnosis, Winter 1996

Thanks to a new and comprehensive study . . . a great deal of information about the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor is now available. Just about every relevant extant document pertinent to this subject has been gathered together. . . . The result is a fas­cinating account of a 19th-century secret society.                                                                                 -T. G. D.
                                         Edmonton Theosophical Society Newsletter,  September 1996

[P]rovides a complete transcription of the "secret teachings" of the Luxor brother­hood, including a strong introduction to the doctrines and history of the order . . . anticipate an exhaustive, in-depth study.                                            - The Bookwatch, September 1995



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