Manas Press

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The Manas Press was a publishing house operated by Claude Bragdon, a prominent member of the American Theosophical Society. It was located in Rochester, New York. The press was introduced in The Theosophic Messenger in October, 1909. The first works produced were Bragdon's pamphlets Theosophy and the Theosophical Society and A Brief Life of Mrs. Besant.

Manas Press is especially noteworthy for translating and publishing the first English-language edition of P. D. Ouspensky's Russian work Tertium Organum, and for printing Bragdon's excellent writings on Theosophy, art, and architecture.

Books and pamphlets

These are some of the titles produced:

  • Besant, Annie. Karma, Once More.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. The Beautiful Necessity: Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. 1910. 109 p. Available at Internet Archive, Internet Archive, Hathitrust, Google Books, and Google Books.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. Episodes from an Unwritten History. In 1910, an enlarged second edition was published.
  • Bragdon, Claude. Higher Self-Consciousness.
  • Bragdon, Claude. A Brief Life of Mrs. Besant. 1909.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. Man the Square: a Higher Space Parable. 1912. 34p.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette and Eugenie Julier Macaulay Bragdon. Oracle. 1921. 64 p. Portrait in frontispiece. Available at Internet Archive. Bragdon collected messages that had been received by his deceased wife Eugenie via automatic writing. Some are epigrammatic personal messages, and others are prophetic.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. A Primer of Higher Space (the Fourth Dimension). 1913. 78 p. Illustrated. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. Projective Ornament. 1915. 78 p. Illustrated.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. Self Education: An Address Given Before the Boston Architectural Club April the third 1909. 1910. 16 p. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. The Small Old Path. 1914. 2nd edition. available at Internet Archive.
  • Bragdon, Claude Fayette. Theosophy and the Theosophical Society. 1909.
  • Crapsey, Adelaide. Verse. 95 p. Available at Google Books and Hathitrust. Very nice versions are at Internet Archive, and another Internet Archive.
  • Ouspensky, P. D. [Uspemskii Petr Dem’ianovich]. Tertium Organum. 1920. 344 p. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Besaraboff and Claude Bragdon, with introduction by Bragdon. Subtitle: “(the Third Organ of Thought) a Key to the Enigmas of the World". Available at Internet Archive and Google Books.
  • Powys, John Cowper, and Llewelyn Powys. Confessions of Two Brothers. 1916. 265 p. Available at Open Library.
  • Sprague, Alice. My Two Gardens. 1909. 49 p. Advertised as "A little book of exquisite and unusual mystical poems; paper, 50 cents; leather and boards, a limited edition, $1.00.[1]
  • Sprague, Alice Luise Brayley. Sensitive Horizons. 1946. 95 p.

Theosophical tracts

These are some of the titles produced:[2]

  • Besant, Annie. Reincarnation: Its Necessity.
  • Besant, Annie. The Three Worlds.
  • Bragdon, Claude. The Chosen.
  • Bragdon, Claude. Higher Self-Consciousness.
  • Bragdon, Claude. The Idea of Pre-existence.
  • [Bragdon, Claude. Madame Blavatsky's Protest.
  • Bragdon, Claude. In Vishnu-land.
  • [Bragdon, Claude.] The Place of the Theosophical Society in Modern Civilization.
  • [Bragdon, Claude.] The Supreme Self.
  • Jinarajadasa, C. The Newly-Discovered Sayings of Jesus.

Notes

  1. "List of Publications of The Manas Press" The Theosophical Messenger 11.7 (April 1910).
  2. As advertised in "List of Publications of The Manas Press" The Theosophical Messenger 11.7 (April 1910).