Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Theosophist Online

The Theosophical Network site has uploaded the first six volumes of The Theosophist, 1879-1885, the volumes that carry H.P. Blavatsky’s name as editor. Selected volumes of the journal have been available on line, but this is the first time that this much has been accessible. Hopefully it will encourage further research in this area now that this source material is so readily available, thanks to the work of David Reigle, Marc Demarest, and Joe Fulton. There are plans to make Blavatsky’s London journal, Lucifer, similarly available online. The first six [update: now 14] volumes of The Theosophist (which is still published from Madras/Chennai, and which recently celebrated its 130th year), can accessed here.

[Update] The link at the Theosophical Network site no longer gives access to The Theosophist. Marc Demarest has archived the first 22 volumes, from 1879 to 1901, at The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals.

The Theosophical Society in Australia has indexed the journal’s run up to 2005, and it can be seen here. A 246 page topical index for the first six volumes of The Theosophist also exists, issued by the Edmonton Theosophical Society in Canada in 1998.

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