Thursday, January 26, 2017

Library. Books by Arthur Edward Waite.

Since I mentioned A. E. Waite in the Twitter chat last night, I thought I would include a list of his books for the Library entry today. His books are in the public domain and they give a great perspective on the re-discovery of alchemy in the 19th and early 20th century by people interested in the mystical, spiritual, and psychological dimensions of alchemy. Some other time I'll check to see if there are other works of his online that I did not find at the incredible Hathi Trust!

Author: Arthur Edward Waite (Wikipedia)
Titles with links to Hathi Trust online editions:
  1. Hathi. A lyric of the fairy land, and other poems. 1879.
  2. Hathi. Israfel; letters, visions and poems. 1886.
  3. Hathi. The mysteries of magic: a digest of the writings of Eliphas Lévi. 1886.
  4. Hathi. The real history of the Rosicrucians founded on their own manifestoes, and on facts and documents collected from the writings of initiated brethren. 1887.
  5. Hathi. A soul's comedy. 1887.
  6. Hathi. Elfin music: an anthology of English fairy poetry. 1888.
  7. Hathi. Lives of alchemystical philosophers based on materials collected in 1815 and supplemented by recent researches. 1888.
  8. Hathi. The book of black magic and of facts; including the rites and mysteries of Goëtic theury, sorcery, and infernal necromancy. 1890.
  9. Hathi. The Hermetic museum, restored and enlarged: most faithfully instructing all disciples of the sopho-spagyric art how that greatest and truest medicine of the philosopher's stone. 1893.
  10. Hathi. The triumphal chariot of antimony. By Basilius Valentinus. With the commentary of Theodore Kerckringius. 1893.
  11. Hathi. A new light of mysticism : Azoth; or, The star in the east. 1893.
  12. Hathi. The hermetic and alchemical writings of Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast, of Hohenheim, called Paracelsus the Great. 1894.
  13. Hathi. The new pearl of great price : a treatise concerning the treasure and most precious stone of the philosophers, or, the method and procedure of this divine art. 1894.
  14. Hathi. Lucasta, parables and poems. 1894.
  15. Hathi. Alchemy the turba philosophorum; or, Assembly of the sages, called also the book of truth in the art and the third Pythagorical synod; / an ancient alchemical treatise. 1896.
  16. Hathi. Devil-worship in France; or, The question of Lucifer; a record of things seen and heard in the secret societies. 1896.
  17. Hathi. The doctrine and literature of the kabalah. 1902.
  18. Hathi. A book of mystery and vision. 1902.
  19. Hathi. Studies in mysticism and certain aspects of the secret tradition. 1906.
  20. Hathi. Strange houses of sleep. 1906.
  21. Hathi. Steps to the crown. 1907.
  22. Hathi. The hidden church of the Holy Graal, its legends and symbolism considered in their affinity with certain mysteries of initiation and other traces of a secret tradition. 1909.
  23. Hathi. The secret tradition in Freemasonry and an analysis of the inter-relation between the craft and the high grades. 1911.
  24. Hathi. The secret tradition in Goëtia, The book of ceremonial magic including the rites and mysteries of Goëtic theurgy, sorcery and infernal necromancy. 1911.
  25. Hathi. The history of magic, including a clear and precise exposition of its procedure, its rites and its mysteries, by Éliphas Lévi. 1913.
  26. Hathi. The collected poems of Arthur Edward Waite. 1914.
  27. Hathi. The works of Thomas Vaughan :Eugeniys Philalethes. 1919.
  28. Hathi. A new encyclopædia of freemasonry (ars magna latomorum) and of cognate instituted mysteries; their rites, literature and history. 1921.
  29. Hathi. The book of the Holy Graal. 1921.
  30. Hathi. Raymund Lully, illuminated doctor, alchemist and Christian mystic. 1922.
  31. Hathi. Saint-Martin, the French mystic, and the story of modern Martinism. 1922.
  32. Hathi. Lamps of western mysticism; essays on the life of the soul in God. 1923.
  33. Hathi. The life of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, the unknown philosopher, and the substance of his transcendental doctrine. 1901.
And yes, this is the Waite of the Rider-Waite tarot deck. :-)


  1. Amazing material! So great to connect Rider Waite Tarot with this prolific Victorian mystic.
    Wonderful online archive--thanks for hooking us up!

    1. Thanks, Sandy! I have been totally out of it the past couple of weeks (a fun project gobbled my life, ha ha)... but here is another fun connection to that Tarot: the woman who was the illustrator!
      Pamela Colman Smith - Wikipedia
      I learned about her when I was researching this remarkable 1899 book of Anansi stories from Jamaica for my folklore class:
      Annancy Stories by Pamela Colman Smith
      She sounds like a fascinating person!