St. Petersburg: tip. Spb. t-va Pech. i izd. dela “Trud”, 1910. , 96 pp. 23x16 cm. In original printed wrappers. Good. Tears and cracks of the spine, wrappers with soiling, many markings in the text (pen and pencil).
First edition of the first book. Very rare.
Pyotr Uspenskii (Uspensky; 1878-1947) was a Russian esotericist, philosopher, theosophist, writer, mathematician by education. A cult figure in the history of Russian and world occultism and mysticism, founder of his own esoteric teaching, also known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff. He showed interest in the metaphysical (cosmological) ideas of the fourth dimension, applying a logical-analytical approach to the study of mysticism. During his years in Moscow, Uspenskii wrote for several newspapers and was particularly interested in the then popular idea of the fourth dimension. His first work titled The Fourth Dimension was influenced by the ideas prevalent in the works of British mathematician Charles H. Hinton (1853-1907), which treated the fourth dimension as an extension in space.
The problem of the fourth dimension is one of the key in the teachings of Uspenskii, and it is no coincidence that it was his first published work that was devoted to it. This peculiar esoteric study is considered one of the fundamental in the fields of paranoscience and theosophy. The book discusses various views on the problem of the fourth dimension; inexplicable and immeasurable in nature; the world as an entity and as a phenomenon; immeasurable in man; the fourth dimension inside the bodies; movement in the fourth dimension; symmetry in the structure of bodies as a result of movement in the fourth dimension; physical and mental phenomena; matter and power; the objective existence of the mental; mental emanations; subtle states of matter; «New Psychology»; hypothesis of the soul as an invisible organism; the study of clairvoyance; a possible real look at the nature of the ‘‘miraculous’’; magic; the symbolic meaning of the “fourth dimension”; theory of the astral sphere; theosophical literature; science and occultism.
Worldcat locates only copy at The British Library.
Price: $2,500.00Status: On Hold