Rajput Press

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Rajput Press, September 1910, from The Theosophical Messenger

The Rajput Press was a publishing house established in 1907 by Dr. Weller Van Hook of the American Theosophical Society, using his own funds. It was located for some time at 31 N. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, and at another time at 103 N. State Street.

Most of the books and pamphlets published were written by Theosophists. In addition, Rajput Press produced the Secton journal, The Theosophic Messenger and a magazine, Universal Masonry, edited by Chicago Theosophist Minnie C. Holbrook.[1]


These are some of the titles produced:

  • Two Great Theosophists: Sir Subramaniya Iyer, K.C.I.E. [and] Alfred Percy Sinnett : Souvenir of the Twenty-fifth Annual Convention, Chicago, September Tenth Nineteen Hundred and Eleven. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. 14 p.
  • The Dhammapada: or “Path of Virtue” of the Lord Buddha. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911, 1922. 131 p. Translated from the Pali by F. Max Mueller.
Logo from title page of Christ and Buddha
  • Besant, Annie. The Immediate Future: Lectures delivered in Queen's Hall, London. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. 186 p.
  • Besant, Annie. Is Theosophy Anti-Christian? . Chicago: Rajput Press, nd. Subtitle: "An explanation addressed to the Bishop of London, delivered on July 1, 1904." Published in 1904 by Theosophical Publishing Society, London, and in 1918 by Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. Text is available as Adyar Pamphlet No. 88 at Canadian Theosophical Association. Reproduction of 1904 edition available at Hathitrust. Also available on microform through American Theological Libraries Association.
  • Besant, Annie. Popular Lectures on Theosophy. Subtitled: “I. What is Theosophy? II. The Ladder of Lives. III. Reincarnation: Its Necessity. IV. Reincarnation: Its Answers to Life’s Problems. V. The Law of Action and Reaction. VI. Man’s Life in the Three Worlds.” Chicago: Rajput Press, 1910. 106 p. Available at Internet Archive, Internet Archive, and Internet Archive.
  • Besant, Annie. Some Difficulties of the Inner Life. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911-1925?. 36p.
  • Besant, Annie. Spiritual Life for the Man of the World. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1909. Text of a lecture delivered in the City Temple, London, October 10, 1907. Reprinted from The Christian Commonwealth.
  • Besant, Annie. Theosophical Lectures and Answers to Theosophical Questions: Being a part o the transactions of the convention of the American Section T. S. Chicago 1907. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1907. 153 p.
  • Bulwer Lytton, Edward. The Haunted and the Haunters, or, The House and the Brain. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. 113 p. Available at Internet Archive. With an introduction by C. W. Leadbeater. This edition features the original, unabridged version of the story as it appeared in "Blackwood's Magazine" in 1859. It is a legendary tale of the supernatural.
  • Collins, Mabel. Light on the Path. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. 44 p. Reprinted with an introduction by C. Jinarajadasa. Subtitle: "A treatise written for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and who desire to enter within its influence."
  • Jinarajadasa, C. Christ and Buddha and Other Sketches: (from the children's page of "The Theosophic Messenger. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. Available from Hathitrust and Google Books.
  • Jinarajadasa, C. In His Name. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1913.
  • Kochersperger, Clara Jerome, and Louise Lina Shuddemagen. International Vegetarian Cook-Book. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1912. Compiled by Mrs. Clara Jerome Kochersperger; illustrations by Miss Louise Lina Shuddemagen. 387 p.
  • Leadbeater, C. W. The Inner Life. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. Available from Hathitrust.
  • Leadbeater, C. W. An Outline of theosophy. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1909, 1911, 1913. 1911 edition is available at Hathitrust.
  • Leadbeater, C. W. Some Glimpses of Occultism: Ancient and Modern. 2nd rev. ed. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1913.
  • Leadbeater, C. W. Theosophical Talks at Adyar. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911.
  • Smith, Effie M. A Genealogy of the Van Pelt Family. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Steiner, Rudolf. The Education of Children from the Standpoint of Theosophy. Chicago, Rajput Press, 1911. Available at Internet Archive. 105 p.
  • Steiner, Rudolf. The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Chicago, Rajput Press, 1911. Translated from the German by Max Gysi. 241 p.
  • Thomas, Agnes Boss. In a Nutshell: Stories for Children. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911. 36 p.
  • Van Hook, Weller. Correspondences Between the Planes. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1914. 18 p.
  • Van Hook, Weller. The Cultural System. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1925. Hardcover. Octavo. 232 p. Blue cloth gilt-lettered on spine & front board. 232 p.
  • Van Hook, Weller. The Future Way. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1928. Note: First edition was published January 1, 1928.
  • Van Hook, Weller. A Primer of Theosophy: A Very Condensed Outline. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1909. Available at Internet Archive and Internet Archive. Complimentary copies were sent to major university libraries including Harvard and Princeton. At least 20,000 were printed. 132 p.
  • Van Hook, Weller. The Principles of Education. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1911.
  • Van Hook, Weller. Voyages. Chicago: Rajput Press, 1925.


  1. Advertisement, The Theosophic Messenger 12.5 (Feb 1911), 249.