Reading List, 1930


The following reading list comes from Bisttram’s Book of Notes. It provides a good idea of the scope of Bisttram’s interests during his New York period.

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850). Seraphita (1835), trans. Katharine Prescott Wormeley. Boston: Roberts Bros., 1889.

Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Whither Mankind: A Panorama of Modern Civilization. New York: Longmans, Green, 1928. [collection of essays]

Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Toward Civilization. New York: Longmans, Green, 1930. [collection of essays]

Joseph S. Benner (1872-1941). The Impersonal Life. Akron, Ohio: Sun Publishing Co., 1914.

Annie Besant (1847-1933). Ancient Wisdom: An Outline of Theosophical Teachings. London: Theosophical Publishing Company, 1897.

H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891). Isis Unveiled, 2 vol. New York: J. W. Bouton, 1877.

H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891). The Secret Doctrine, 3 vol. London: Theosophical Publishing Company, 1888. Vol. 3 published posthumously.

H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891). The Voice of the Silence and other chosen fragments from the Book of the golden precepts: for the daily use of Lanoos (Disciples). New York: Alliance Publishing Company, 1889.

Claude Bragdon (1866-1947). The Beautiful Necessity, Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1910.

Claude Bragdon (1866-1947). Old Lamps for New. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.

Claude Bradgon (1866-1947). Four Dimensional Vistas. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1916.

Claude Bragdon (1866-1947). The New Image. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.

Samuel Foster Damon (1893-1971). William Blake, His Philosophy and Symbols. New York: P. Smith, 1924.

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939). The Dance of Life. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1923.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Compensation, Self-Reliance, and Other Essays. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1907.

Chauncy Giles (1813-1893). The Nature of Spirit (first delivered as a lecture, 1864). The Nature of Spirit, and of Man as A Spiritual Being, 8th ed. New York: New-Church Board of Publication, 1894.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832). Faust (Part 1, 1808; Part 2 published posthumously), trans. Bayard Taylor. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1879.

Frank C. (Francis Carlos) Higgins (b. 1867). Ancient Free Masonry: An Introduction to the Study of Masonic Archaeology. New York: Pyramid Book Company, 1923.

Richard Ingalese (b. 1863). The History and Power of Mind. New York: The Occult Book Concern, 1903.

William Quan Judge (1851-1896). Ocean of Theosophy. Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1893.

Count Hermann Keyserling (1880-1946). The Travel Diary of a Philosopher, 2 vols., trans., J. Holroyd Reece. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1925.

J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986). At the Feet of the Master. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911.

C. W. Leadbeater (1847-1934). The Inner Life. Los Angeles: Theosophical Publishing House, 1910.

Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-1873). Zanoni (1845). New York: P. F. Collier & Son., 1902.

Dhan Gopal Mukerji (1890-1936). My Brother’s Face. New York: Dutton, 1924.

Rudolf Otto (1869-1937). The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-Rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation in the Rational, trans. John W. Harvey. London: Oxford University Press, 1923.

P. D. Ouspensky. Tertium Organum, A Key to the Enigmas of the World (1911), trans. Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon, with an introduction by Claude Bragdon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1920.

The Republic of Plato, trans. B. Jowett. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1881.

Adolph Roeder (1857-1931). Symbol Psychology: A New Interpretation of Race-Traditions. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Romain Rolland (1866-1944). Jean Christophe, trans. Gilbert Cannan. New York: Modern Library, 1913.

Walter Sargent (1868-1929). The Enjoyment and Use of Color. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1923.

Édouard Schuré (1841-1929). The Great Initiates, Sketch of the Secret History of Religions (1889), trans. Fred Rothwell. London: William Rider & Son, 1912.

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936). The Decline of the West (1918, 1922), 2 vols., trans. Charles Francis Atkinson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926, 1928.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Angelic Wisdom Concerning The Divine Providence (1764), trans. John C. Ager. New York: American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society, 1909.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Gitanjali (Song Offerings). London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1913.

George Trobridge (1851-1909). A Life of Swedenborg. London: Swedenborg Society, 1920.

Thomas Troward (1847-1916). The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science. Chicago: Arcane Book Concern, 1909.

Hermann Türck (1856-1933). The Man of Genius (1896), trans. George J. Tamson. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1914.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946). The Outline of History: being a plain history of life & mankind, complete in 24 fortnightly parts. London: Cassell, 1925.

William Loring Worcester (1859-1939). Lessons in Correspondence. 1882; reprint The Language of Parable: A Key to the Bible. New York: The New-Church Press, n.d.