San Diego: Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, 1957. Hardcover (23 x 15cm), 94pp, dove grey endpapers, text printed on a satin stock, black and white illustrations and diagrams, pocket at rear paste down contains seven blue and seven white "Communion" cards; gren pebbled boards with gilt lettering on top board and spine. Loosely inserted in rear pocket is a newspaper clipping about the excavation at Khirbet Qumran, the Essene "Monastery. The clipping has beed dated 15th Feb 1957 and attributed to the Manchester Guardian. A small paper label has bee tipped in at the title page that reads " Obtainable from C.W. Daniel Company Limited Ashingdon - Rochford - Essex - England.
Cover is scuffed, head and tail of spine are tender and rubbed, front free endpaper has previous owner's name inscribed in pen and a a couple of stains near the outer edge. Contents are otherwise clean. Item #1083
Szekely (1905 - 1979) is best known for his Essene Gospel of Peace which he claimed to have translated from an ancient Hebrew text he found in the Vatican Library in the 1920s. The original text has never been seen by anyone else and he his translation was subsequently dismissed as a hoax. This book was published no doubt to ride the wave of public interest in the excavation of the excavation at Khirbet Qumran.
Charles William Daniel (1871 - 1955) was a writer and publisher who promoted pacifism, vegetarianism and alternative medicine.