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1901 Illuminati Masonic Hollow Earth Occult Secret Society Etidorhpa Freemason For Sale
1901 ILLUMINATI MASONIC HOLLOW EARTH OCCULT SECRET SOCIETY ETIDORHPA FREEMASON
THE STRANGE HISTORY OF A MYSTERIOUS BEINGANDTHE ACCOUNT OF A REMARKABLE JOURNEYBYJOHN URI LLOYDWITH MANY ILLUSTRATIONS BYJ. AUGUSTUS KNAPP
1901This is an extremely odd book. It was written by a well-respected pharmacist from Cincinnatti (whose reference works are still consulted and who created a pharmaceutical library that is still in use today), but the subject matter is not only fantastic but prescient. The strange blending of controversial science and Esoteric Occultism makes this a truly unique book. The book is also riddled with Masonic concepts and language. The book even goes so far as to explain much of the geological and scientific principles behind the hollow earth concepts-a very unusual and controversial subject. “The cover story that Lloyd presents is that he was presented with a manuscript whose author (Llewellyn Drury) was unable to publish, so Lloyd made arrangements to publish it himself. It concerns a man (Drury) who received a supernatural visitation from "The-Man-Who-Did-It" or "I-Am-The-Man", a renegade Mason interested in alchemy who transcended the Masonic system and was initiated into a deeper organization-- one that has contacts with the inhabitants of the Hollow Earth. The details of "I-Am-The-Man'"s abduction coincide with the story of the possible murder of Captain William Morgan, a Mason who wrote a book 'exposing' the Masonic ceremonies and whose drowned body was found afterwards in Lake Ontario. "Etidorhpa" maintains that his drowning was faked and that Morgan went on to be initiated into a deeper (in every way) organization. Most of the book deals with "I-Am-The-Man"'s experiences underground with his mentor, an eyeless human/amphibian creature, and their journey to the center of the Earth. It seems that at every turn, "I-Am-The-Man" comes across something he can't comprehend and his mentor helps him through his episode of cognitive dissonance. This sort of situation repeats itself when "I-Am-The-Man" has to explain things to Drury.”(P.S.: Drury/Lloyd left such a detailed description of his trip to the entrance to his mysterious cavern (near Mammoth Cave) that people have made field trips to the general area trying to find the entrance to it by following the clues laid out in this book!!.) " Well said," he replied; " and since you have so wisely determined, I am free to inform you that these new obligations, like those you have heretofore taken, contain nothing which can conflict with your duty to God, your country, your neighbor, or yourself. In considering the phenomena presented by the suspension of the act of breathing, it should occur to you that where little labor is to be performed, little consumption of energy is required. "Then I stopped as I observed before me a peculiar fungus- peculiar because [ it was ]unlike all others I had seen. The convex part of its bowl was below, and the great head, as an inverted toadstool, stood upright on a short, stem-like pedestal. The gills within were of a deep green color, and curved out from the center in the form of a spiral. This form, however, was not the distinguishing feature, for I had before observed specimens that were spiral in structure. The extraordinary peculiarity was that the gills were covered with fruit. This fruit was likewise green in color, each spore, or berry, being from two to three inches in diameter, and honeycombed on the surface, corrugated most beautifully. I stopped, leaned over the edge of the great bowl, and plucked a specimen of the fruit. It seemed to be covered with a hard, transparent shell, and to be nearly full of a clear, green liquid. I handled and examined it in curiosity, at which my guide seemed not to be surprised." A SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE.- THE ALCHEMISTIC LETTER.I am the man who, unfortunately for my future happiness, was dissatisfied with such knowledge as could be derived from ordinary books concerning semi-scientific subjects in which I had long been absorbed. I studied the current works of my day on philosophy and chemistry, hoping therein to find something tangible regarding the relationship that exists between matter and spirit, but studied in vain. Astronomy, history, philosophy and the mysterious, incoherent works of alchemy and occultism were finally appealed to, but likewise failed to satisfy me. These studies were pursued in secret, though I am not aware that any necessity existed for concealment. Be that as it may, at every opportunity I covertly acquainted myself with such alchemical lore as could be obtained either by purchase or by correspondence with others whom I found to be pursuing investigations in the same direction. A translation of Geber's " De Claritate Alchemiae," by chance came into my possession, and afterwards an original version from the Latin of Boerhaave's " Elementa Chemix," published and translated in 1753 by Peter Shaw. This magnificent production threw a flood of light upon the early history of chemistry, being far more elaborate than any modern work. It inspired me with the deepest regard for its talented author, and ultimately introduced me to a brotherhood of adepts, for in this publication, although its author disclaims occultism, is to be found a talisman that will enable any earnest searcher after light to become a member of the society of secret " Chemical Improvers of Natural Philosophy," with which I affiliated as soon as the key was discovered. Then followed a systematic investigation of authorities of the Alchemical School, including Geber, Morienus, Roger Bacon, George Ripley, Raymond bully, Bernard, Count of Trevise, Isaac Hollandus, Arnoldus de la Villanova, Faracelsus, and others, not omitting the learned researches of the distinguished scientist, Llewellyn.I discovered that many talented men are still firm believers in the lost art of alchemy, and that among the followers of the " thrice-famed Hermes " are to be found statesmen, clergymen, lawyers, and scientific men who, for various reasons, invariably conceal with great tact their connection with the fraternity of adepts. Some of these men had written scientific treatises of a very different character from those circulating among the members of our brotherhood, and to their materialistic readers it would seem scarcely possible that the authors could be tainted with hallucinations of any description, while others,?conspicuous leaders in the church, were seemingly beyond occult temptation.The larger number, it was evident, hoped by studies of the works of the alchemists, to find the key to the alkahest of Van Helmont, that is, to discover the Philosopher's Stone, or the Elixir of Life, and from their writings it is plain that the inner consciousness of thoughtful and scientific men rebelled against confinement to the narrow bounds of materialistic science, within which they were forced to appear as dogmatic pessimists. To them scientific orthodoxy, acting as a weight, prohibited intellectual speculation, as rank heresy. A few of my co-laborers were expert manipulators, and worked experimentally, following in their laboratories the suggestions of those gifted students who had pored over precious old manuscripts, and had attempted to solve the enigmatical formulas recorded therein, puzzles familiar to students of Hermetic lore. It was thus demonstrated,- for what I have related is history,- that in this nineteenth century there exists a fraternity, the members of which are as earnest in their belief in the truth of Esoteric philosophy, as were the followers of Hermes himself; savants who, in secret, circulate among themselves a literature that the materialism of this selfsame nineteenth century has relegated to the deluded and murky periods that produced it.One day a postal package came to my address, this being the manner in which some of our literature circulated, which, on examination, I found to be a letter of instruction and advice from some unknown member of our circle. I was already becoming disheartened over the mental confusion into which my studies were leading me, and the contents of the letter, in which I was greatly interested, made a lasting impression upon me. It seemed to have been circulating a long time among our members in Europe and America, for it bore numerous marginal notes of various dates, but each and every one of its readers had for one reason or another declined the task therein suggested. From the substance of the paper, which, written exquisitely, yet partook of the ambiguous alchemistic style, it was evident that the author was well versed in alchemy, and, in order that my position may be clearly understood at this turning point in a life of remarkable adventure, the letter is appended in full:THE ALCHEMISTIC LETTER. TO THE BROTHER ADEPT WHO DARES TRY TO DISCOVER ZOROASTER'S CAVE, OR THE PHILOSOPHERS' INTELLECTUAL ECHOES, BY MANS OF WHICH THEY COMMUNICATE TO ONE ANOTHER FROM THEIR CAVES.Know thou, that Hermes Trismegistus did not originate, but he gave to our philosophy his name- the Hermetic Art. Evolved in a dim, mystic age, before antiquity began, it endured through the slowly rolling cycles to be bandied about by the ever-ready flippancy of nineteenth century students. It has lived, because it is endowed with that quality which never dies- truth. Modern philosophy, of which chemistry is but a fragment, draws its sustenance from the prime facts which were revealed in ancient Egypt through Hermetic thought, and fixed by the Hermetic hardback in a decorated embossed binding.A one of a kind book. Excellent for those interested in the controversial hollow earth theories, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, and other members of the Hermetic western mystery tradition as well as those interested in the Alchemic and Occult doctrines underlining the events in the book.