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THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES [Hardcover]

Manly P. Hall
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31 Oct 2007
The Secret Teachings of All Ages is perhaps the most comprehensive and complete esoteric encyclopedia ever written. The sheer scope and ambition of this book are stunning. In this book Manly P. Hall has successfully distilled the essence of more arcane subjects than one would think possible. He covers Rosicrucianism and other secret societies, alchemy, cryptology, Kabbalah, Tarot, pyramids, the Zodiac, Pythagorean philosophy, Masonry, gemology, Nicholas Flammel, the identity of William Shakespeare, The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, The Qabbalah, The Hiramic Legend, The Tree of the Sephiroth, and Mystic Christianity. There are more than 200 illustrations included here (and in the trade paperback edition) many of which have been omitted from other publisher's editions of this book. This is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore esoteric knowledge.


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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: A & D Publishing; 1 edition (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604590963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604590968
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fifth rate edition of a first rate book 20 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Manly P Hall's excellent "Secret Teachings of All Ages" is without doubt one of the finest reference books dealing with the esoteric teachings of the Western Mystery Tradition. Unfortunately, anyone buying the unforgivably flawed Wilder edition might be at a loss to understand why. It appears that the text was lifted from a .pdf version with no knowledge of the original, since it has no index, the contents table points to the wrong pages(The chapter entitled "The Hiramic Legend" is on page 203, not 119 as claimed), the text is seemingly the product of a bad scan with regular misprints throughout, illustrations are labeled with the wrong text (the Bembine Table of Isis bears the annotation for "The Hieroglyphic plan of Hermes" and vice versa). In short, this goes beyond simply inadequate and into the realms of incompetent and is by far the worst translation of any book that I have ever seen. Those who wish to read the true work would be recommended to buy the original which can be purchased at an only slightly higher price, and has the bonus of correctly labeled colour plates, and accurate text. A truly dreadful crime committed upon a fantastic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
Format:Hardcover
I just thought I should warn any prospective buyer that the illustrations really leave a lot to be desired. They're poorly copied, and with such a low resolution you cannot see any fine detail at all. There are NO colour pictures. I first ordered this version, then after seeing the poor pictures, tried the version sold on Amazon as 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)', going by US reviewers' comments on how clear the pictures were. Besides costing less, that version also has a very helpful index at the back which the version under review sadly lacks. The Reader's Edition may have somewhat cheaper paper, but the illustrations are well-reproduced, all the detail can be seen very well, and it has about a dozen glossy pages with full colour illustrations. As far as these two books go then, it's a question of better paper with poor illustrations versus cheaper paper with clear illustrations. I guess you can't win 'em all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big mistake!! 5 Jan 2014
By Dodwell
Format:Kindle Edition
Some books are just not suitable for e-readers and that's where e-readers fail. This particular tome is a world classic and, as such, should be treated with respect, not messed up as in this "edition".

Luckily, I have the hard copy and, after seeing a colleagues Kindle version, I'm glad I have. The edition available on Kindle is another example of the "issue it in any old crappy form, just to make a few bucks" mentality of greedy, sloppy publishers who think more about lining their pockets than producing proper goods.

Lots of e-books are a joke and it is time that publishers looked to their proof readers, compositors and printers, in order to up their game.

One other complaint. What's with the "highlighter" idea? I don't want to buy a book which has been electronically "scribbled in " by others. I wouldn't buy a new hardback, and expect peoples comments to be scrawled all over it. A very bad idea, Kindle.

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for content, 3 stars for badly reproduced illustrations 11 Jan 2010
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just thought I should warn any prospective buyer that the people giving this book 5 stars are doing this on the basis of the text alone. While I agree with their assessments there, the illustrations really leave a lot to be desired. They're poorly copied, and with such a low resolution you cannot see any fine detail at all. There are NO colour pictures. I first ordered this version, then after seeing the poor pictures, tried the version sold on Amazon as 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)', going by other reviewer's comments on how clear the pictures were. Besides costing less, that version also has a very helpful index at the back which the version under review sadly lacks. The Reader's Edition may have somewhat cheaper paper, but the illustrations are well-reproduced, all the detail can be seen very well, and it has about a dozen glossy pages with full colour illustrations. As far as these two books go then, it's a question of better paper with poor illustrations versus cheaper paper with clear illustrations. I guess you can't win 'em all.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Coffee Table Book! 2 Oct 2008
By Rev. P. Sidney Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is a portal to and a directory of esoteric symbology and knowledge. It is known as an encyclopedic outline of Masonic, hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian symbolical philosophy, but it is so very much more!

Manly P. Hall is one of the most important and prolific chroniclers of the Western esoteric writers, and this book is arguably his most important. In fact for the library of the serious student of esoteric organizations and movements "The Secret Teachings of All Ages", is a must have!

In this book you will find "explanations" of the most important symbols of the mystery schools, and hundreds of beautiful full color and black and white illustrations. Many of the illustrations fill the large 13 x 8.5 inch pages.

This is one of the books I recommend to students of the mysteries.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy at Its Best 27 Sep 2009
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The work covers a wide area of philosophy and
theology. For instance, the following areas are
covered fairly:

o the ancient occult and philosophical values

o Platonic philosophy of the unmoved, self-moved and
that which is moved

o a reconciliation of Scholasticism with theology and philosophy

o vicoism where God controls His world through natural law

There is an extensive discussion of the Druids which contains
the world above, the world below and the present. In our world,
good and evil are in a balanced state. The Atlantis civilization
is discussed extensively. Atlanteans made ornate palaces,
perfume, temples, docks, as well as a network of bridges
and canals. The Gnostics believe that Christ personifies the
"Divine Mind" .

The design of the first Pyramid is presented in detail.
The chambers of the pyramid relate to the human heart,
brain and generation systems. In addition, there is a
challenging discussion on Pythagoras, the superabundant
numbers and deficient number systems.

This work is an excellent rendition of the philosophies
of the Ages. Acquire it to complete your personal library.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Print Quality 10 Nov 2009
By iconoclast535 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just received this book. Have not read it yet, but I can already see that I am disappointed in the print quality. All of the illustrations are blurred. There are beautiful and very detailed drawings that look very interesting, but they are so blurred that I can't see them. I have the paperback version of the book. I wonder if more expensive editions have better quality illustrations?
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want this book for the images, don't bother 27 April 2010
By WolfForest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This reprinting of the original is smaller and the images have been mutilated by what appears to be an excess of photo copying. The majority of the images are completely unreadable, I find this book a waste of money. The text is still intact, and worth the read if that is all you desire.
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