• The Blue Island: Experiences of a New Arrival Beyond the Veil

    The Blue Island: Experiences of a New Arrival Beyond the Veil

    W. T. Stead

    On April 10, 1912, Stead boarded the S.S. Titanic bound from Southampton to New York, to take part in a peace congress at Carnegie Hall. On the morning of April 15 the ship struck an iceberg and Stead, along with hundreds of others, drowned. At that time his daughter, Estelle, an actress and also a spiritualist, was on tour with her own Shakespearean company. Amongst its members was a psychically gifted man named Pardoe Woodman…

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  • The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

    Fergus Hume

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a mystery fiction novel by Australian writer Fergus Hume. The book takes place in Melbourne, Australia and involves an investigation into a homicide, after a corpse is discovered in the evening, in a hansom cab. Vintage Mystery and Detective Stories characterized the book as “the best-selling detective novel of the nineteenth century”.

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  • Idylls of the King

    Idylls of the King

    Alfred Tennyson

    Fully illustrated by Gustave Doré. Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur’s kingdom. Chapters include: The Coming Of Arthur; Gareth And Lynette; The Marriage Of…

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  • The History of the Caliph Vathek

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

    William Beckford

    Chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek, who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. Vathek was written during a time when part of European culture was influenced by Orientalism. It is an Arabian tale because of the oriental setting and characters and the depiction of oriental cultures, societies, and myth…

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  • A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

    A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

    Daniel Defoe

    A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727. It is roughly divided into several tours, or circuits, around Britain. Volume 1 contains three letters. The first two, Through Essex, Colchester, Harwich, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire, and through Kent Coast, Maidstone, Canterbury, Sussex, Hampshire, and Surrey, are…

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  • Ancient Jewish Proverbs

    Ancient Jewish Proverbs

    Abraham Cohen

    A treasure trove of traditional Jewish proverbs, mostly extracted from the Talmud and Mishna. Covers subjects like: Human Existence; Family Life; Human Virtues; Human Faults; Occupations; Rules Of Conduct; Vagaries Of Fortune; Social Life; and, Colloquialisms.

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  • A General History of Free-Masonry in Europe

    A General History of Free-Masonry in Europe

    Emmanuel Rebold

    Based upon the Ancient documents realting to, and the Monuments erected by this Fraternity from its foundation in the year 715 B.C to the present time. From the Preface: ‘Before I make known to the reader the motives which inspired this history of Freemasonry, I beg permission to give here a succint confession of faith. Since the moment when the principles of Freemasonry were shown me, I have made this institution a particular study, with…

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  • A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

    A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

    Watkin Tench

    Watkin Tench (6 October 1758 – 7 May 1833) was a British marine officer and part of the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. This book is one of two of his that provide an account of the arrival and the first four years of the colony.

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  • Death Defeated: Or, The Psychic Secret of How to Keep Young

    Death Defeated: Or, The Psychic Secret of How to Keep Young

    J. M. Peebles

    If anyone should be writing a book about how to defeat death, it would have to be this gentleman, who lived to the grand old age of 100. Alright, he never defeated death, but he gave it a really good shot. Anyway, this book covers lots of subjects, including: The ethics of flesh eating; Death too fashionable; The foods of the world’s great men; The prophet-poet, Hesiod; The poet Ovid’s vegetarianism; Atoms and the finer forces; The eloquent Chrysostum in Athens; How to…

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  • Democracy, An American Novel

    Democracy, An American Novel

    Henry Adams

    Democracy: An American Novel is a political novel written by Henry Brooks Adams and published anonymously in 1880. It is a novel about political power, its acquisition, use and abuse. It is set at the beginning of a new administration, with the election campaign just over and the new President of the United States just having been elected. However, all the characters depicted are entirely fictitious. The new president’s Christian name is Jacob, while his full name is never revealed. Dates are never mentioned either, but internal evidence (at one point a 25-year-old woman says that she was “almost an infant” during the Civil War)…

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Buddhism

Shinran and His Work

Shinran and His Work

Arthur Lloyd

The Reverend Arthur Lloyd spent many years in Japan as a missionary and scholar. He extensively studied the Pure Land school of Buddhism, particularly the Shinshu sect founded by Shinran Shonen. This book centers around Lloyd’s translation of the ‘Shoshinge’ or Hymn of True Faith, followed by extended commentary on the text…

Esoteric And Occult

The Romance of Sorcery

The Romance of Sorcery

Sax Rohmer

Chapters include: Sorcery and Sorcerers; Apollonious of Tyana; Michel de Notre Dame, called Nostradamus; Dr. John Dee; Cagliostro; Madame Blavatsky; and, Sorcery and the Law.

Islam And Sufism

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

Firdausi

The Shahnameh, (“The Book/Epic of Kings”), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Firdausi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. It is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

Politics and Society

Democracy, An American Novel

Democracy, An American Novel

Henry Adams

Democracy: An American Novel is a political novel written by Henry Brooks Adams and published anonymously in 1880. It is a novel about political power, its acquisition, use and abuse. It is set at the beginning of a new administration, with the election campaign just over and the new President of the United States just having been elected. However, all the characters depicted are entirely fictitious. The new president’s Christian name is Jacob, while his full name is never revealed. Dates are never mentioned either, but internal evidence (at one point a 25-year-old woman says that she was “almost an infant” during the Civil War)…

Americas

The History of the Conquest of Mexico

The History of the Conquest of Mexico

William Hickling Prescott

“It is a magnificent epic,” said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés’s subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations

Roman and Greek

Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Fable

Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Fable

Thomas Bulfinch

The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes is the first part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the other two being The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur, and, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: Prometheus and Pandora; Apollo and Daphne — Pyramus and Thisbe — Cephalus and Procris; Juno and Her Rivals, Io and Callisto — Diana and Actaeon — Latona and the Rustics; Phaeton; Midas — Baucis and Philemon…