Aryan Theosophical Press

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Symbol printed in Department of Branch Work papers, 1890-1891

The Aryan Theosophical Press was established by the William Quan Judge and the Aryan Theosophical Society in New York City, probably in the mid-1890s, to serve the American Section of the Theosophical Society.

History

James Morgan Pryse and John Morgan Pryse, brothers originally from Cincinnati, were recruited by Judge to operate the press. They had experience operating newspapers and printing plants in Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, and California.

According to James Pryse, the Press was initially established to print the Esoteric Instructions of H. P. Blavatsky:

My brother John and I, returning from a trip to South America, landed in New York City, We found Mr. Judge perplexed by a difficult problem: H.P.B. had directed him to send her Instructions to all the American members of the E.S., but had sent him only one copy, and he had no facilities for making the many copies needed. We solved that problem for him by establishing the Aryan Press [6] and printing the Instructions in book-form. Then, in response to a cable from H.P.B. I went to London to do the same work there, and started the H.P.B. Press....[1]

At the beginning of 1890, an announcement appeared in The Path:

The attention of our readers is drawn to the fact that the Aryan Press is now in full working order, and prepared to promptly execute all orders which may be received, -- Bill heads, Circulars, Address Cards, and and every description of Commercial and Private Printing undertaken at cheap rates.

The Aryan Press being a Theosophical Co-operative Press, all members and Branches subscribing $10 are entitled to have their work done at cost price.

Orders to be sent to "THE PATH" Office.[2]

After Katherine Tingley became head of the newly renamed Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society, the publishing operations were moved to the Point Loma community in 1900, "locating it downtown because Point Loma was not yet supplied with electricity."[3]

In 1906, the power lack on the Hill having been partially met, she [Tingley] built her large Theosophical Publishing House in a Loma canyon overlooking the Pacific Ocean. An improved linotype was installed, a bindery was added, and within a few years' time a photo and engraving department, adjacent to the press, was making all the blocks, cuts, and plates for theosophical publications.[4]

Publications

In its early years, the press printed purely Theosophical books and periodicals. After the move to Point Loma, many other forms of literature were published, including children's books, fiction, and scholarly studies of many disciplines. A series called Theosophical Manuals was published in English, Spanish, and French. They were not all the product of a single pen, but written by a number of different students at the international headquarters of the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society. Other important series were the Department of Branch Work papers and the Papers of the School of Antiquity.

Fiction

  • Morris, Kenneth. The fates of the Princes of Dyfed. 1914. 365 pages.
  • O'Ryan, William Patrick. The plough and the cross: a story of new Ireland. 1910. 378 pages.

Works for children

  • M. V. The strange little girl a story for children. 1911. Available at Hathitrust and Internet Archive.
  • Roth, Naema. Luz Star-eye's dream journey to the isles of the Southern sea a story for children. 1912. 137 pages. Available at Hathitrust and Internet Archive.

Theosophical works in English

  • Blavatsky, H. P. Isis unveiled: a master key to the mysteries of ancient and modern science and theology. 1919. Two volumes printed in 4.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. The key to theosophy: being a clear exposition in the form of question and answer of the ethics, science, and philosophy for the study of which the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society has been founded. 1913. 388 pages. Available at Google Books, Hathitrust, and Internet Archive.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. Nightmare Tales. 1907. 139 pages. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. The secret doctrine: the synthesis of science, religion, and philosophy. 1909. Two volumes.
  • Blavatsky, H. P.; Judge, W. Q. Some of the errors of Christian Science: criticism. 1907. 28 pages.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. Studies in occultism a series of reprints from the writings of H.P. Blavatsky. 1910. Six volumes. Available at Hathitrust and Hathitrust.
  • Blavatsky, H. P. The voice of the silence and other chosen fragments from the "Book of the golden precepts": for the daily use of lanoos (disciples). 1909. 123 pages.
  • Edge, Henry T. Some perverted presentations of theosophy corrected. 1900s. 7 pages.
  • Fussell, Joseph H. Incidents in the history of the theosophical movement, founded in New York city in 1875 by H.P. Blavatsky continued under William Q. Judge, and now under the direction of their successor, Katherine Tingley. 1920. 36 pages. Available at Hathitrust, Internet Archive, Internet Archive, and Google Books.
  • Judge, William Quan. The Bhagavad-gîtâ, the book of devotion dialogue between Krishna, lord of devotion, and Arjuna, Prince of India. 1922. Second edition. 133 pages. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Judge, William Quan. Echoes from the Orient. Third edition. 1921. 63 pages.
  • Judge, William Quan; Student; Ross, Lydia. Hypnotism. 1908. 34 pages.
  • Judge, William Quan. The Ocean of Theosophy. 1926. 216 pages. Point Loma Edition.
  • Judge, William Quan. Theosophy generally stated: from the Official Report of the World's Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893. 1908. 14 pages.
  • Student; Tingley, Katherine A. Theosophical Manuals. 18 volumes. Contents: 1. Elementary theosophy -- 2. The seven principles of man -- 3. Karma -- 4. Reincarnation -- 5. Man after death -- 6. Kâmaloka and Devachan -- 7. Teachers and their disciples -- 8. The doctrine of cycles -- 9. Psychism, ghostology, and the astral plane -- 10. The astral light -- 11. Psychometry, clairvoyance and thought-transference -- 12. The angel and the demon (2 v. ) -- 13. The flame and the clay -- 14. On God and prayer -- 15. Theosophy : the mother of religions -- 16. From crypt to pronaos : an essay on the rise and fall of dogma / by S.J. Neill -- 17. Earth : its parentage : its rounds and its races -- 18. Sons of the firemist : a study of man. Available at Google Books - Vol 1, Google Books - Vol 7, Google Books - Vol 18, Google Books - Vol 6, and Hathitrust - Vols 1-18.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. International Theosophical Peace Congress to be held at Visingsö, Lake Vettern, Sweden, June twenty-second to twenty-ninth, nineteen thirteen handbook of information. 1913. 111 pages. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. Lomaland. 1908.
  • Tingley, Katherine A.; Judge, W. Q.; Blavatsky, H. P.; Scribe No. 11. The pith and marrow of some sacred writings: new century series. 1899-1911. Eleven volumes.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. Psychism, ghostology and the astral plane. 1907, 1912. 61 pages.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. Souvenir album Lomaland - Visingso, June 22-29, 1913. 1913. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society. Brief sketch of the history and work of the original Theosophical Society, founded 1875, re-organized 1898, now known as the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society; International Headquarters, Point Loma, California. 1915. 24 pages.
  • Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society. Theosophy and its counterfeits. 1900?. 5 pages. The Path series no. 4.
  • Various authors. Department of Branch Work Papers. 1890-1891. This series includes at least 28 lectures from a wide range of speakers, delivered at the Aryan Theosophical Society and other locations.
  • Walker, E. D. Reincarnation; a study of forgotten truth. 1923. 375 pages.
  • Whiting, Lilian. Katherine Tingley and her Râja-Yoga system of education. 1919. 23 pages. Available online at Hathitrust. 1910. Google Books.
  • Whiting, Lilian. Katherine Tingley theosophist and humanitarian. 1919. 23 pages.

Theosophical works in Spanish and French

  • Blavatsky, H. P. La Clef de la théosophie, exposition claire sous forme de questions et de réponses de e'éthique, de la science et de la philosophie ... avec in glossaire de terms theosophiques ... 1921.
  • Blavatsky, H. P.; Judge, W. Q.; Tingley, Katherine A. Le message de la théosophie; recueil de pensées secourables appropriées à l'heure actuelle. 1922. 106 pages.
  • Blavatsky, H. P.; Judge, W. Q.; Tingley, Katherine A. Quotations. 1912. Available at Hathitrust
  • Bricaud, Joanny; Tingley, Katherine. La lumière astrale.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. Karma. 1920. 74 pages.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. Les maîtres et leur disciples. 1917.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. Les sept principes de l'homme. 1919. 65 pages.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. L'homme après la mort. 1920. 95 pages.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. Réincarnation. 1920. 79 pages.
  • Étudiant, Un.; Tingley, Katherine. Théosophie élémentaire. 1919. 69 pages.
  • Fussell, Joseph H. Incidentes en la historia del movimento teosofico, fundada en Nueva York en 1875 por H.P. Blavatsky. 1900, 1910.
  • Judge, William Quan. Ecos del Oriente: esquicio general de las doctrinas teosóficas. 1907. 78 pages.
  • Judge, William Quan. Epítome de las enseñanzas teosóficas. 1910s. 40 pages.
  • Un Estudiante. Manuales teosóficos. 1910-1918. At least seven volumes in this series.
  • Un Estudiante. La teosofía explicada. 1912. 16 pages.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. La teosofía y sus falsificaciones. 1917. 10 pages.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. La vida en Point Loma, el centro de la Fraternidad universal y sociedad teosófica. 1902, 1912. 24 pages.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. Manuels théosophiques. 1921.
  • Tingley, Katherine A. Sendero teosófico. 1911-??. Periodical.
  • Whiting, Lilian. Mme Katherine Tingley et son système d'éducation Râja-Yoga. 1921. 23 pages.

Other nonfiction including Papers of the School of Antiquity

  • Clough, Edwin H. A nosegay of 'Yorick's' editorials. 1923. 41 pages.
  • Darrow, F. S. The prehistoric Aegean civilization. 1916. 132 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 4.
  • Dick, Frederick J. Ancient astronomy in Egypt and its significance. 1916. 17 pages.
  • Dick, Frederick J. Maya chronology. 1921-25. Two volumes. 21 pages and 11 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 12.
  • Dick, Frederick J. Neglected fundamentals of geometry. 1920. 12 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 11.
  • Edge, Henry T. Studies in evolution. 1916. 32 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 8.
  • Fussell, Joseph H. The School of Antiquity: its meaning, purpose, and scope. 1917. 20 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 9.
  • Gates, William. Commentary upon the Maya-Tzental Perez codex, with a concluding note upon the linguistic problem of the Maya glyphs. 1920. 64 pages. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Gates, William. Early Chinese painting. 1916. 43 pages.
  • Gates, William. The spirit of the hour in archaeology. 1915. 17 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 1. Available at Hathitrust and Internet Archive.
  • Hewett, Edgar L. Ancient America at the Panama-California exposition.. 1913. Reprinted from 'The Path.
  • James, George Wharton. Poetry and symbolism of Indian basketry. 1913. 40 pages.
  • Kinnamon, J. O. Problems in ethnology. 1918. 30 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 10.
  • Neill, S. J. From crypt to pronaos: an essay on the rise and fall of dogma. 1908. 84 page. Theosophical manuals No. 16.
  • Ryan, Charles James. Prehistoric man and Darwinism. 1922. 49 pages. Papers of the School of Antiquity. University extension series no. 13.
  • Sirén, Osval. The relation of religion to art in antiquity and the Middle Ages. 1915. 30 pages.
  • Sirén, Osval. Studies of Chinese and European painting. 1918.

Notes

  1. James. M. Pryse, "Memorabilia of H. P. Blavatsky," The Canadian Theosophist 16.1 (March 15, 1935), 2. Available at Katinahesselink.net.
  2. "The Aryan Press" The Path 4.10 (January, 1890), 338.
  3. Emmett A. Greenwalt, California Utopia: Point Loma: 1897-1942 2nd revised edition (San Diego, CA: Point Loma Publications, 1978), 152.
  4. Emmett A. Greenwalt, California Utopia: Point Loma: 1897-1942 2nd revised edition (San Diego, CA: Point Loma Publications, 1978), 152.