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The Chalice: The Herald of the New Age.

Nanaimo, B.C. Canada: Aquarian Foundation/Chalice Press, 1928. First edition (Vol.1, No.12). Staplebound. Serial journal initiated by Edward Arthur Wilson (also known as Brother XII and The Brother, XII, and colloquially as Brother Twelve; on 23 March 1931 he legally changed his name to Amiel de Valdes), mystic and cult leader; b. 25 July 1878 in Birmingham, England, son of Thomas Wilson, a master craftsman, and Sarah Ellen Pearsall. Brother XII was one of the most intriguing cult figures of the 20th century and has been described by Professor James A. Santucci as “sharing the brilliance of an L. Ron Hubbard, the destructiveness of a Jim Jones … and the hypnotic hold of a Rasputin.” His group was a prototype of the new religious movements that would be founded by charismatic leaders in the second half of the century.

In the spring of 1927 Brother XII arrived in British Columbia, where he established the headquarters of the Aquarian Foundation at Cedar-by-the-Sea (Cedar), seven miles south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. He used the foundation’s monthly magazine, the Chalice (Nanaimo), first issued in November 1927, as a platform for his radical conservative political views. The Chalice (Aquarius is the “water bearer”) had a wide circulation among North American theosophists. --University of Toronto Very Good+ in Wraps. Creasing, sunning to original wrappers, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Staple bound, digest size, in original blue wrappers. Item #10367

Price: $100.00

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