CLAUDE FAYETTE BRAGDON

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CHECKLIST

“That boldest of all adventurers in the region of the fourth dimension” – Huneker

 

 

Primary Works & Introductions:

BRAGDON, Claude. THE GOLDEN PERSON IN THE HEART. Gouverneur, N.Y.: Brothers of the Book, 1898. 12mo, 42, (3)pp, woodcut illustration. Orig. boards, paper label. Barest soiling to front cover & sun-staining to back, otherwise fine, with Bragdon’s velin bookplate & publisher’s velin bookplate.

¶ First Edition, one of 300 numbered copies of Bragdon’s first book. “My own baptism by printer’s ink occurred… in 1898, before the founding of the Manas Press. Like most of the young men of my generation, I had passed through a phase of poetry-writing. Laurence Conger Woodworth thought so well of some of my verses that he published them in a limited edition under the imprint of the Brothers of the Book. The Golden Person in the Heart made a stir in certain circles, and soon went out of print” (More Lives Than One, p.252-3). The poem after which the volume is named is a metrical exposition of Brahmanism. Ransom, Selective Checklists: Brothers of the Book, no. 5 (calling for a slipcase).

 

BRAGDON, Claude. A BRIEF LIFE OF ANNIE BESANT. President of the Theosophical Society. Rochester: Manas Press, 1909. 12mo, 20pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Slightest of dampstains to front wrapper, otherwise fine.

¶ Only Edition of Bragdon’s essay on the Theosophical Society’s second president. After spreading propaganda for free thought and limitation of the population, Annie Besant (1847-1933), English Theosophist and Indian political leader, became associated with the Fabian Socialists, then joined the Theosophical Society, becoming a devoted pupil of Madame Blavatsky and president of the Society (1907-33). She later founded the Central Hindu College at Benares, organized the India Home Rule League, and became president of the India National Congress. NUC cites one copy at the Library of Congress.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. THEOSOPHY AND THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY. Rochester: The Manas Press, 1909. 12mo, 29pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Front wrapper lightly creased & rubber-stamped, first leaf creased, otherwise fine.

¶ Only Edition of Bragdon’s historical outline of the Theosophical Society and its founding. NUC cites copies at Rochester, New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. SELF EDUCATION; AN ADDRESS GIVEN BEFORE THE BOSTON ARCHITECTURE CLUB, April the Third, 1909. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 12mo, 16pp, original gray printed wraps.  ¶ First Edition, with prospectus laid in. In this address, a lecture to his colleagues, he refers to Louis Sullivan and the future of architecture but recommends a course of self study in mystical discipline to develop the mind, using meditation, so that the new architecture should be equal to the grandeur of ancient architecture of Egypt, India and China.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. EPISODES FROM AN UNWRITTEN HISTORY. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 12mo, 30pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Head of spine barely worn & darkened, barest marginal dampstain, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition of the architect’s account of the Theosophical movement, traced through the career of its founder, H. P. Blavatsky. “I learned enough concerning the origin and aims of the Theosophical movement to convince me that it had a significance and importance enormously greater than an indifferent world is at present prepared to allow; that at no very distant date its small beginnings, its various vicissitudes, the personalities and life histories of its leaders, would become a subject of general interest and attention” (p.10). NUC cites one copy at the Library of Congress.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. EPISODES FROM AN UNWRITTEN HISTORY. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 12mo, 109pp. Orig. boards, cloth spine. Light pen mark & miniscule stain to front cover, light wear to extremities, very good.

¶ Second Edition, greatly enlarged.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 8vo, 93pp, 96 drawings. Orig. blued cloth, front board blocked in gilt. Very good.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s “rhetoric of the language of form,” a classic of aesthetic theory, in which the author reveals a few of the mighty symbolic meanings that architecture may present. Bragdon later wrote that with this book he “attempted to show forth a mystical and symbolical content traceable in the architecture of ancient Egypt, Greece, and northern Europe during the two mystical centuries of the Middle Ages, but lost sight of after the rise of Humanism. I also tried to extablish a correlation between arts as widely separated as music and architecture through the common denominator of mathematics; music being the harmony inherent in certain numerical relations, expressed in terms of time, and architecture, of space” (More Lives Than One, p.254). Printed at Bragdon’s own press and illustrated lavishly by him. He considered this work his “first serious attempt at prose composition.” Karpel E134.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. Lg 8vo, 111pp, 94 drawings. Orig. black cloth, gilt. Light wear to extremities, spine faded, still very good.

¶ Second Edition, slightly revised with a new introduction.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. Lg 8vo, 111, (1, colophon)pp, 94 drawings. Orig. black cloth, gilt. Light wear to extremities, spine faded, still very good.

¶ Second Edition, second printing, slightly revised with a new introduction.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. Lg 8vo, 112pp, frontisportrait, 94 drawings. Orig. black cloth, gilt, a fine copy in a very good dust jacket.

¶ Fourth Edition, revised and with a new introduction.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. London: George Routledge, [1910]. Lg 8vo, 111pp, 94 drawings. Orig. blue cloth. Dampstaining to back board, still very good.

¶ First British Edition

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. London: George Routledge, [no date, ca. 1910]. Lg 8vo, 111pp, 94 drawings. Orig. black cloth. Edges a bit worn.

¶ Second British Edition.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY. Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing House, (1978). 8vo, 112pp, frontisportrait, 94 drawings. Orig. pictorial wrappers, as new.

¶ Reprint of the fourth edition.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE “HEATHEN” INVASION. An Open Letter to the Editor of the Hampton-Columbian Magazine. Rochester: The Manas Press, 1911. 12mo, 15pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Slight marginal stain to last 3 leaves, barest darkening of spine, otherwise fine.

¶ Only Edition of Bragdon’s defense of Hinduism and yoga, the latter having been attacked the journalist Mabel Potter Daggett as an activity “proving the way that leads to domestic infelicity, insanity and death.” NUC cites one copy at the Library of Congress.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE SMALL OLD PATH. Rochester: Manas Press, 1911. 12mo, 24pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Slight marginal dampstaining, barest foxing to wrappers, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition of this rare Theosophical tract by Bragdon. NUC cites copies at the Library of Congress and Michigan.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE SMALL OLD PATH. Rochester: Manas Press, 1914. 12mo, 24pp. Orig. printed wrappers, very good.

¶ Second edition.

BRAGDON, Claude. MAN THE SQUARE. A Higher Space Parable. Rochester: Manas Press, 1912. 12mo, 34pp, 9 illustrations. Orig. printed wrappers. Slight mark & minscule tear to front wrapper, otherwise fine.

¶ Only Edition of this philosophical fantasy, the manuscript of which Bragdon initially consigned to a fire he had built for its destruction. Cf. More Lives Than One p.255-6. NUC cites one copy at Cornell.

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. (The Fourth Dimension). Rochester: Manas Press, 1913. 8vo, (12), 79pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. purple cloth, front board blocked with gilt medallion, patterned endpapers. Extremities lightly bumped or worn, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author’s friend, Philip Henry Wynne, who proof-read Bragdon’s manuscript and to whom the book is dedicated. Introduced to the scientific writings of C. Howard Hinton by his friend Gelett Burgess, Bragdon conceived of writing a “primer,” illustrated with numerous diagrams and drawings, which would place the conception of a hyperspace within the reach of the general reader. Bragdon composed, to end the volume, a philosophical fantasy entitled “Man the Square,” which he rescued with tongs from a fire he had built to destroy the manuscript. Cf. More Lives Than One, pp.255-6.

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. (The Fourth Dimension). Rochester: Manas Press, 1913. 8vo, (12), 79pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. orange cloth, front board blocked in purple, patterned endpapers. Extremities lightly bumped or worn, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition, a binding variant.

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. The Fourth Dimension, to Which is Added Man the Square, A Higher Space Parable. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. 8vo, 81pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. cloth, patterned endpapers. One corner bumped, slight stain to front board, very good.

¶ Second Edition, revised.

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. The Fourth Dimension, to Which is Added Man the Square, A Higher Space Parable. Second Revised Edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. 8vo, 81pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. cloth, patterned endpapers. Orange-tan dust jackets (slightly worn).

¶ “Second Printing, April, 1929.”

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. The Fourth Dimension, to Which is Added Man the Square, A Higher Space Parable. (London): Andrew Dakers, 1939. 8vo, (2), 81pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. cloth, fine in near fine dust jacket.

¶ First English Edition, the first edition with an introduction by J.B. Priestly. NUC cites one copy at the Library of Congress.

BRAGDON, Claude. A PRIMER OF HIGHER SPACE. (The Fourth Dimension). Tuscon: Omen Press, 1972. 8vo, (8), 79pp, including 30 plates, illustrations in text. Orig. pictorial wrappers, very good.

¶ Reprint.

OUSPENSKY, P(eter) D(emianovich). TERTIUM ORGANUM. (The Third Organ of Thought). A Key to the Enigmas of the World. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon — With an Introduction by Claude Bragdon. Rochester: Manas Press, 1920. 8vo, (iii)-xxii, 344pp, folding 4-panel table. Orig. black cloth lettered in gilt. Slight soiling, barest wear to extremities, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition in English.

OUSPENSKY, P(eter) D(emianovich). TERTIUM ORGANUM. (The Third Canon of Thought). A Key to the Enigmas of the World. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon — With an Introduction by Claude Bragdon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. 8vo, xvi, 336pp, folding 4-panel table. Orig. black cloth. Extremities worn, otherwise very good, in very good dust jacket.

¶ Second American Edition.

OUSPENSKY, P(eter) D(emianovich). TERTIUM ORGANUM. (The Third Canon of Thought). A Key to the Enigmas of the World. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon — With an Introduction by Claude Bragdon. London: Kegan Paul, Trench Trubner, 1924. 8vo, xvi, 336pp, folding 4-panel table. Orig. black cloth, portion of dust jacket mounted to front paste-down, notes in pencil to endpaper, very good.

¶ Second British Edition.

BRAGDON, Claude. PROJECTIVE ORNAMENT. Rochester: Manas Press, 1915. 8vo, (x), 79pp, color frontispiece, approx. 100 illustrations. Orig. tan cloth, patterned endpapers, very good.

¶ First Edition. In conducting the research on which A Primer of Higher Space was based, Bragdon began to believe that in the philosophical concept of the fourth dimension he had found, as he called it, “a key to the enigmas of the world,” and in the geometry of four dimensions a new ornamental mode. Elaborately illustrated by Bragdon.

BRAGDON, Claude. PROJECTIVE ORNAMENT. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. 8vo, (x), 79pp, color frontispiece, approx. 100 illustrations. Orig. tan cloth, patterned endpapers, very good.

¶ Second Edition.

BRAGDON, Claude. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL VISTAS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1916. 8vo, (x), 134pp. Orig. plum cloth stamped in gilt with design by Bragdon. Very good.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s mystical exploration of the fourth dimension, a realm in which he encourages readers to find “freedom.” After reading this work, which was first published just as Ouspensky was publishing his Tertium Organum, Ouspenky said of the two books that “they carry a message of a common thought, a common understanding.”

BRAGDON, Claude. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL VISTAS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. 8vo, 155pp. Orig. black cloth, light wear to extremities, rubber stamp & date to endpaper, very good.

¶ Second edition, first printing .

BRAGDON, Claude. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL VISTAS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. 8vo, 155, (2)pp. Orig. black cloth. Barest soiling & wear to spine, penciled signature to endpaper, otherwise fine, in a very good dust jacket.

¶ Second edition, second printing.

BRAGDON, Claude. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL VISTAS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. 8vo, 155, (2)pp. Orig. blue cloth. Slight dampstaining & wear to spine, signature to endpaper, otherwise fine, in a chipped dust jacket from which the price has been torn.

¶ Second edition, third printing.

CRAM, Ralph Adams & Thomas Hastings & Claude Bragdon. SIX LECTURES ON ARCHITECTURE. The Scammon Lectures for 1915… Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1917). Lg 8vo, x, 172pp, 35 plates, 10 illustrations. Orig. brown ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt. Wear to extremities, still very good.

¶ First Edition of the first publication of these fascinating essays. The first of the three lecturers spoke about the merits of the religious spirit which had inspired the building of Gothic cathedrals of France; the second spoke of the opposing classic tradition as interpreted by the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In this trinity of opinion Bragdon played the tertium quid, as he later said in his autobiography. He clarifies the differences of Cram and Hastings by differentiating “arranged” and “organic” architecture, suggesting an impatience with Gothic and Renaissance styles, which are not suitable as “the space language” of today. With 20 illustrations by Bragdon. Cf. More Lives Than One, pp.175-182.

BRAGDON, Claude. ARCHITECTURE and Democracy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1918. 8vo, (14), 213pp, 15 plates including frontispiece. Orig. blue cloth, gilt. Barest wear to spine ends, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition of this collection of essays on the spirit of democracy, as revealed in architecture, skyscrapers and symbols. Bragdon expands his theories of the relationship between ornament and mathematics. Includes many quotations from Louis Sullivan writings. “A skyscraper is only a symbol… a condition of consciousness, that is, a state of the soul.” Karpel E143b (mistitling the book “Architecture and Necessity.”)

BRAGDON, Claude. ORACLE. Arranged, Edited and Introduced by… Rochester: Manas Press, 1921. 12mo, (8), 64pp, frontisportrait. Orig. black cloth, decorative endpapers. Some wear to spine ends, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition of this curious volume of oracles and advice transmitted to Bragdon’s wife, Eugenie, through automatic writing.

BRAGDON, Claude & Eugenie. ORACLE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941. 8vo, (10), 73pp, (4)pp, frontisportrait & plate. Orig. blue cloth. Light dustsoiling to edges, otherwise fine in chipped dust jacket.

¶ Second Edition. A facsimile of Eugenie’s writing is included.

BRAGDON, Claude. OLD LAMPS FOR NEW. The Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. 8vo, 206pp, frontispiece, 3 plates. Orig. cloth, patterned endpapers. Light wear to extremities, very good. In a somewhat worn dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s essays exploring the impact of Oriental ideas and ideals upon the consciousness of the West, a consciousness which Bragdon believes began with Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer, Bragdon points out, predicted that the influence of the then newly translated Sacred Books of the East would match the influence of the rediscovery of Greek and Roman antiquity which inaugurated the Renaissance. Cf. More Lives Than One, p.269.

BRAGDON, Claude. OLD LAMPS FOR NEW. The Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. 8vo, 206pp, frontispiece, 3 plates. Orig. cloth, patterned endpapers. Extremities worn, spine faded, pencilled annotations, very good. In a chipped dust jacket, and with a variant jacket (worn).

¶ Second printing .

SULLIVAN, Louis H. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN IDEA. With a Foreword by Claude Bragdon. New York: Press of the American Institute of Architects, 1926. 8vo, [3]-329, (1)pp. Orig. blue cloth, printed dust jacket. Very good copy.

¶ First issued in 1922, this appears to be a third edition. Bragdon’s foreword consists of four pages. Karpel E101: “Sullivan’s influential autobiography (written in the third person), in which he reflects on the work of his contemporaries – and especially on the persistence of revival designs and the classical revival born at the World’s Columbian Exposition.”

BRAGDON, Claude. THE NEW IMAGE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. 8vo, (12), 191pp, frontispiece & 6 plates. Orig. black cloth, decorative endpapers. Barest external soiling, otherwise fine, in a very good dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of this collection of essays. They touch on eros, mathematics in design, theater, the fourth dimension, and other topics which had been treated in earlier works. Several of these essays later appeared in Bragdon’s Delphic Woman.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE NEW IMAGE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. 8vo, (12), 191pp, frontispiece & 6 plates. Orig. black cloth. Barest external soiling, otherwise fine.

¶ First British Edition.

ROERICH, Nicholas.  ALTAI-HIMALAYA. A Travel Diary. New York: Frederick A Stokes, 1929. 8vo, xxii, 407pp, frontisportrait & 19 plates. Orig. blue cloth, blocked in gilt. Front joint rubbed, otherwise very good, with a newspaper article relative to the author mounted to final blank.

¶ First Edition of Roerich’s diary recording his journey through India, Sinkiang, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet. With an introduction by Claude Bragdon. The plates are after Roerich’s own paintings.

BRAGDON, Claude. MERELY PLAYERS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. 8vo, xvi, 216pp, frontispiece, 7 plates. Orig. cloth. Light external soiling, barely faded, otherwise fine, in lightly torn but otherwise very good dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s essays on interesting people he has known and the mystical aspects of his relationship with them. The author treats Harvey Ellis, Louis Sullivan, Francis Grierson, Nicholas Bessaraboff, Dora van Gelder, Willard Straight, George Russell, Kahlil Gibran, Adelaide Crapsey, and his wife, some of whose oracular messages, which she received through authomatic writing, are here printed for the first time.

(Bragdon). FULLWOOD, Nancy. THE SONG OF SANO TAROT. New York: Macoy, 1929. 8vo, xv, (3), 206pp. Orig. blue cloth, printed dust jacket. Very good.

¶ First Edition of this inspired book, a revelation about sex in its cosmic aspect and about the universal polar force. With a four page introduction by Claude Bragdon. A third printing was issued in the same year.

(Bragdon). FULLWOOD, Nancy. THE SONG OF SANO TAROT. New York: Macoy, (1933). 8vo, xxii, 206pp. Orig. blue cloth, very good.

¶ Third edition, with a new introduction.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE ETERNAL POLES. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. 8vo, xvi, 106pp, ornaments throughout. Orig. black cloth, decorative endpapers. Slightest marginal foxing, otherwise fine, with Theosophical Press label on title page. In lightly foxed, otherwise fine dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of this exercise in mystical thinking, in which Bragdon discusses the various aspects of sex and love diffused throughout the universe.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE FROZEN FOUNTAIN. Being Essays on Architecture and the Art of Design in Space. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. Lg 8vo, (12), 126pp, including frontispiece & 25 plates, numerous line drawings. Orig. black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Fine in very good dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s amusing exposition of architectural principles. The reader follows the little figure “Sinbad” throughout Bragdon’s illustrations  as Sinbad learns the elements of design. This copy measures 10-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE FROZEN FOUNTAIN. Being Essays on Architecture and the Art of Design in Space. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. Lg 8vo, (12), 126pp, including frontispiece & 25 plates, numerous line drawings. Orig. black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Damage to head of spine and dust jacket.

¶ First Edition. Measuring 9-5/16 x 7 inches, the text (as well as the binding) of this copy is noticably smaller than the copy noted above.

BRAGDON, Claude. AN INTRODUCTION TO YOGA. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1933. 12mo, (2), xii, 96, (2)pp. Orig. orange cloth. Light external soiling, very good in very good dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s first exposition of Yoga, based on his own learning experience and friendship with Hindus, whom he speaks of as being full of a “coiled power, which shone from their eyes and betrayed itself not alone in their every moment, but in their stillness as well. All this they attributed to the practice of Yoga.” Thus Bragdon determined to learn the art himself.

 

BRAGDON, Claude. AN INTRODUCTION TO YOGA. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941. 12mo, (2), xii, 96, (2)pp. Orig. orange cloth. Near fine in deeply chipped orig. dust jacket.

¶ Second printing .

BRAGDON, Claude. DELPHIC WOMAN. Twelve Essays Reprinted from The New Image and Old Lamps for New. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936. 8vo, (2), x, 164pp. Orig. black cloth. Corners barely bumped, signature to endpaper, small piece torn from margin of p.9, otherwise fine, in a defective dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of these essays on love, sex and women. Cf. More Lives Than One, p.270.

BRAGDON, Claude. DELPHIC WOMAN. Twelve Essays Reprinted from The New Image and Old Lamps for New. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. 8vo, (2), x, 164pp. Orig. black cloth. Light external soiling, very good in very good dust jacket (price clipped away).

¶ Third printing .

SPARKS, William Sheppard. LIGHT ON THE LEAVES. Poems by… With Illustrations by John Wenrich, Hendrik Willem van Loon, and the Author. New York: Henry Harrison, (1937). 8vo, 127pp, illustrations. Orig. green cloth, gilt. Barest wear to spine ends, otherwise fine, in chipped dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Sparks’ first book. The author pretentiously introduces his poetry with a collection of critiques by other writers, including Claude Bragdon, Raymond Hood, Carl Sandburg, Robinson Jeffers’s wife, and others.

BRAGDON, Claude. MORE LIVES THAN ONE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. 8vo, (10), 368, vi pp, frontisportrait, 15 plates, headpieces by Bragdon. Near fine in slightly chipped dust jacket.

¶ First Edition of Bragdon’s autobiography, in which he describes his architectural, theatrical, literary, and occult interests. Acquainted with Louis Sullivan, Krishnamurti, Kahlil Gibran, Bragdon describes his interaction with these and other fascinating characters.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE SECRET SPRINGS. An Autobiography. London: Andrew Dakers, (1938). 8vo, (8), 368, vi pp, frontisportrait, 7 plates, headpieces by Bragdon. Very good in very good dust jacket.

¶ First English Edition, published in the same year as the first American, of Bragdon’s autobiograpy, in which he describes his architectural, theatrical, literary, and occult interests. Acquainted with Louis Sullivan, Krishnamurti, Kahlil Gibran, Bragdon describes his interaction with these and other fascinating characters.

BRAGDON, Claude. “WHERE ARE YOU GOING MY PRETTY MAID?” (Wheaton, Illinois: The League for American Womanhood, 1940). 8vo, 8pp. Orig printed title-wrappers. Light sunning, otherwise fine.

¶ Only edition of this lecture given by Bragdon before the friends of Carman Barnes. The lecture inquires into the interests, activities, and aspirations of the modern young woman and indicates the directions in which Bragdon believes she should be going. Not in NUC.

BRAGDON, Claude. THE ARCH LECTURES. Eighteen Discourses on a Great Variety of Subjects delivered in New York, during the Winter of 1940. New York: Creative Age Press, (1942). 8vo, (10), 239pp, frontispiece & 7 plates. Orig. purple linen, spine lettered in gilt. External soiling, otherwise fine, in chipped dust jacket.

¶ First Edition, calligraphically signed by Bragdon, and with a review slip laid in. These penetrating essays were originally delivered as speeches at the Wellesley College Club at the request of Carman Barnes, who was seeking advice on conducting her life. The subjects encompass education, yoga, the fourth dimension, skyscrapers, color music, Emerson and other topics.

BRAGDON, Claude. YOGA FOR YOU. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. 8vo, xxii, 162pp, frontispiece & 7 plates. Orig. linen. Dust soiled, otherwise fine in orig. dust jacket from which a small piece has been torn.

¶ First Edition. “Though I have already written one book about Yoga I have made it my theme for a second time because it is the only subject I care to write about any longer, for the reason that Yoga, or the culture of consciousness, seems to me the one way out of the labyrinth of three-dimensional existence through which we confusedly grope our way from one dead end to another.” Bragdon has also included as an appendix his poetic summary of Vedanta teaching, The Golden Person in the Heart. The seven plates are reproductions of watercolors by Bragdon himself.

BRAGDON, Claude. YOGA FOR YOU. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. 8vo, (2), xxii, 162pp, 7 plates. Orig. black cloth. Very good in lightly damaged dust jacket.

¶ Third printing.

BRAGDON, Claude. YOGA FOR YOU. London: Andrew Dakers Limited, [no date, ca. 1949]. 8vo, xv, (i), 104pp. Frontispiece. Orig. green cloth, gilt faded. Very good.

¶ First British edition.

(Bragdon). SPRAGUE, Alice. SENSITIVE HORIZONS. Edited and Introduced by Claude Bragdon. Rochester: Manas Press, 1946. 8vo, 95pp, including frontisportrait. Orig. boards, cloth spine, gilt. Very barest wear to extremities, spot of foxing to frontisportrait, otherwise fine.

¶ First Edition, one of 500 copies. Alice Sprague (neé Alice Brayley), grandaughter of John Pitts, the inventor of the threshing machine, was one of the many women with oracular and highly developed mystical powers whom Bragdon knew and considered part of the “Delphic Sisterhood.” The volume is a collection of oracles. NUC cites copies at the Library of Congress and Kent State.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS (a few of hundreds)

BRAGDON, Claude. “A Sonnet of Despair” in: THE PHILISTINE (No. 6, Vol. I). East Aurora: Roycroft Printing Shop, November 1895. 16mo, (3, ads), (1, title), 169-200pp. Orig. wrappers, pictorially printed in black & red.

¶ Sixth issue of Hubbard’s controversial little magazine, published and mostly written by himself. This issue begins with Bragdon’s poem.

BRAGDON, Claude. “Wife: Husband: Lover” [and] “Two Songs, a Poem” [In:] THE IROQUOIS MAGAZINE. New York: The New York Press, June 20, 1897. 8vo, 45, (3 ads)pp. Illus. wrappers, lettered in red, marginal tears at covers, otherwise a very good, clean copy.  ¶ Illustrated magazine supplement to the Sunday New York Press. This issue includes both a short story and a poem by Bragdon.

BRAGDON, Claude et al. AN ARCHITECTURAL MONOGRAPH ON A WHITE PINE HOUSE FOR THE VACATION SEASON. Competitive Drawings, with a Report of the Jury of Architects: Claude Bragdon. Wm Adams Delano. Hugh MG Garden. J Hareleston Parker. Howard Sill. (St. Paul, Minnesota: White Pine Bureau), August 1918. 4to, 32pp, b/w illus. and plans throughout. Cream wrappers, lettered in black, mild soiling at front cover, marginal tears, otherwise a very good, clean copy. ¶ From the The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, Vol.IV, No.4.

BRAGDON, Claude. “ The Black Lacquer Chest,” in THE STAR, pp.23-5. Hollywood, Calif.: The Star, April, 1928. 8vo, 64pp. Orig. wrappers, very good.

¶ Bragdon describes the “psychometric record,” as revealed by his psychic wife, of an antique chest. Articles by Annie Besant, Will Durant, J. Krishnamurti and others are included.

 

ILLUSTRATION, POSTERS, & BOOK BINDING DESIGNS:

THE CHAP BOOK - THE JUGGLE SUN. Ca. 1895. Original lithographic poster, signed in the stone, printed in xx. 19 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches. Very good.

¶ Das Fruhe Plakat 184.

BRAGDON, Claude. MINOR ITALIAN PALACES... Number Three. Published by the Cutler Manufacturing Co... Rochester, [1896]. Poster, 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, printed in red & black, with illustration by CB

BRAGDON, Claude. The Decadent Muse [a drawing in] THE CHAP-BOOK, Chicago: Stone & Kimball, February 1, 1896 12mo, orig. wrappers. Wrappers worn, internally very good.

HICHENS, Robert. THE LONDONERS. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone, 1898. 8vo, (4), 338, (2, ads), (2)pp. Orig. blue cloth blocked in several colors. Corners bumped, small spot to front cover, spine ends barely worn, otherwise very good.

¶ First Edition, second impression, of Hichens’ classic novel. The attractive binding was designed by Claude Bragdon. Kramer 146.

MAUROIS, André. THE WEIGHER OF SOULS. Translated by Hamish Miles. New York: D. Appleton, 1931. 8vo, (4), 194, (2, ads)pp. Orig. boards, velin spine, gilt. Barest wear to one corner, otherwise fine in very good dust jacket.

¶ First American Edition, with the dust jacket designed by Claude Bragdon in unusually good condition. One of Maurois’s own favorite pieces of fiction, the fantastic novel traces the attempt of an English physician first to capture and then to isolate the essence — or soul — which leaves the human body after death.

 

MANAS PRESS PUBLICATIONS

(Books published  by Bragdon’s private press, excluding works by him or with introductions listed above.)

S, A. [Alice Sprague]. MY TWO GARDENS Rochester: The Manas Press, 1909. 12mo, (56)pp. Full crushed morocco, gilt title, t.e.g., by Stikeman. Fine copy.

¶ First Edition - the author’s own copy, specially bound and with her bookplate. This was the first bound book to bear the Manas Press imprint.

S, A. [Alice Sprague]. MY TWO GARDENS Rochester: The Manas Press, 1909. 12mo, (56)pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Edges chipped, still very good.

¶ First Edition, in original wrappers.

BESANT, Annie. KARMA, ONCE MORE. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 12mo, 20pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Front wrapper rubber-stamped, miniscule pen notation & slight paper defect & bookseller’s label to title page, otherwise fine.

¶ Reprinted from The Theosophist, this article is a sequel to other published thoughts on Karma by the author. After spreading propaganda for free thought and limitiation of the population, Annie Besant (1847-1933), English Theosophist and Indian political leader, became associated with the Fabian Socialists, then joined the Theosophical Society, becoming a devoted pupil of Madame Blavatsky and president of the Society (1907-33). She later founded the Central Hindu College at Benares, organized the India Home Rule League, and became president of the India National Congress. NUC cites copies at the Library of Congress and the Detroit Public Library.

CRAPSEY, Adelaide. VERSE. Rochester: The Manas Press, 1915. 12mo, 95pp. Orig. gray cloth, front board & spine lettered in gilt. Light general wear, very good.

¶ First Edition of the author’s first book. Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) was the daughter of Algernon Sidney Crapsey, the last minister of the Episcopal Church to be tried for heresy. She grew up in Rochester, attended Vassar College, and during the remainder of her brief life taught poetry at Smith College. Most of her poetry was written in the last year of her life, which was abruptly ended by tuberculosis. Published posthumously, Verse, sensationally popular in its day, introduced the poetic form, the cinquain. Derived from certain Japanese lyric forms, the tonka and the haiku, it is a five-line, unrhymed stanza, with successive lines of two, four, six, eight, and two feet. BAL 4120.

POWYS, John Cowper & Llewellyn Powys. CONFESSIONS OF TWO BROTHERS. Rochester: Manas Press, 1916. 8vo, 3-265pp. Orig. buckram, paper labels, pictorial endpapers, very good in chipped dust jacket.

¶ First Edition, inscribed by Bragdon to “Constantine Johnston — Compliments of her brother the publisher — Claude Bragdon,” followed by Bragdon’s trademark calligraphic squiggle. Of this work, Bragdon wrote in his autobiography (1938), “Powys was devoted to his younger brother Llewelyn, who aspired to authorship, and to that end had written a diary of his experience in a Swiss sanatorium for consumptives where he had spent a dreadful winter. To help him get this story into print John supplemented it with one of those long essays in introspection at which he was a past master, and naming the joint product The Confessions of Two Brothers, he sought a publisher. I read the manuscript and liked it so well that I offered to publish it myself, and did so. The book is now a much-sought-after collector’s item. Llewelyn’s contribution, though bordering on the macabre, is brilliantly done, with touches of mordant humour deliberatively  calculated to shock the puritanical; such as: ‘Some women are made only for embraces, and should never be permitted out of their beds’” (More Lives Than One, p.257). Siberell, Bibliography of the First Editions of John Cowper Powys, pp.23-4: “The first 100 copies of this book to reach the publisher had a beetle design upon the paper label; later issues of the first printing had the white paper, plain label.”

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CLAUDE FAYETTE BRAGDON (1866-1949) was an architect, ornamentalist, set designer, and mystic. Influenced by Harvey Ellis and Louis Sullivan, he practiced architecture in Rochester from 1891 to 1923, designing railroad stations throughout the United States and Canada. The New York Central station in Rochester (demolished in 1965) was considered a model building of its type. In 1923 he became associated with the actor Walter Hampden and for many years designed the scenic productions for the actor’s plays. He was praised for his attention to lighting  effects and the development of an art of mobile color. For three successive summers he was the “Master of Light” on the occasion of the Song and Light festivals in Central Park.

A fascination with magic squares led to a technique for generating ornamentation and through his study of Theosophy, Bragdon saw in design and ornament a metaphor for human evolution. His early pamphlet on the mystical elements of design, Man the Square, 1913, was seen by Malevitch and El Lissitsky and was a major force in propelling them into their modernistic  geometric simplifications. Bragdon occupies a unique position among the arts, standing for an all-inclusive  culture and a mastery of many arts as did the architects of the Renaissance. In his later years, he was an influence on Emil Bisttram and the Transcendalist Painting Group in New Mexico.

In addition to his books, Bragdon contributed articles, book reviews and illustrations for the Stone & Kimball Chap-Book,  The Dial, Forum, The Theosophist, American Architect etc. Bragdon’s architectural plans and drawings, together with the family papers, are now at the University of Rochester.

 

REFERENCES:

Crunden, Robert M. Body and Soul: The Making of American Modernism. New York: Basic Books, (2000).

Ellis, Eugenia Victoria:  “Lo Shu, Window to the World of the Wondrous: Bragdon, Lissitzky, Malevich,” in: Potential Architectural Journal, January 2001.

Ellis, Eugenia Victoria: “Geomantic (Re)Creation:  Magic Squares and Claude Bragdon's Theosophic Architecture” (pp.79-92 in Nexus V: Architecture and Mathematics, (Florence): Kim Williams  Books, 2004.