First edition. Two volumes bound as one. Later green cloth binding with titles in gilt to the spine. Illustrated with a photographic frontispiece of Lady Queenborough and her two eldest children and a fold-out reproduction of Aleister Crowley's appointment as National Grand Master of the O.T.O. (Order Templi Orientis) of Great Britain. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a rectangular mark to the foot of the upper board. The contents with an area of abrasion to the front pastedown where an ownership plate has been removed and a little toning to the page edges are otherwise clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps.
Edith Starr Miller (1887-1933) was a New York socialite, author, and wife of Almeric Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough. Between 1922 and 1931, she conducted research on many of the most important secret societies existent in Europe, the Middle East, and North America, detailing her findings in the present work, published posthumously following her early death in France in 1933. Presenting the work as an investigative expose of those "subversive" groups that posed a threat to "Christian civilisation", the apparent pro-Fascist leanings of both herself and her husband are highly visible, including her overt antisemitism and praise for the mission of the Ku Klux Klan. Still regarded as a classic of its genre, however, 'Occult Theocrasy' provided the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the various occult traditions and secret societies of the period, covering everything from the Druids, to the Knight's Templar, Mormonism, freemasonry, the Illuminati, and various religious and political organisations.
Stock code: 18056