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be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot,Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Although there are some questionable andcontroversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion onthe Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as drivenby an elite cabal of roving immortals, they are far out-weighed by the comprehensiveinformation here on other subjects.For many years this book was only available in a large format edition which was hardto obtain and very expensive. However, an affordable paperback version has finallybeen released (see sidebar).
PRODUCTION NOTES: I worked on this huge project episodically from 2001 to June2004. This because of the poor OCR quality, which was due to the miniscule type and largeblocks of italics; this necessitated retyping many parts of the text manually. To give an ideaof how massive this project was, the proof file for this is 2 megabytes, about 8 times the size of a normal 200 pagebook. The raw graphics files are 63 megabytes, which I've processed down to about 11 megabytes. The thumbnailsalone are 1 megabyte, which is about my graphics budget for a regular book.While the book itself is not covered by copyright in the US due to lack of formal renewal, many of the large colorillustrations that front each chapter in the paper edition did have registrations and renewals entered for them. So theseare omitted from this etext. However, all of the black and white illustrations are included here. Note that many of thegraphics had to be quite large because of the amount of detail, so I have thumbnailed every image in the book. In thebook all of the illustration captions are in italics; I have reversed this in the etext for legibility.--John Bruno Hare, June 11, 2004.
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