Re: Theos-World Reprints are one thing, whitewashes another
Aug 27, 2004 01:59 AM
by Morten N. Olesen
Hallo Gergory and all,
My views are:
Thanks for mailing this.
I would also like to know that.
What is going on?
May I post this on another forum with your name on it?
M. Sufilight with peace and love...
----- Original Message -----
From: "gregory" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 8:51 AM
Subject: Theos-World Reprints are one thing, whitewashes another
> The TPH published what are often described as "reprints" of Leadbeater's
> books, but which should accurately (and in standard publishing, library
> and bibliographical professional practice) be described as "revised",
> "abridged" or "edited" versions. A typical example is found in "The
> Masters and the Path" which was originally published in 1925. Anyone
> lucky (?) enough to possess every edition of this work published by Adyar
> and who has the patience to compare them will find very interesting and
> careful editing. My copy of the 1953 version (2nd edition, revised and
> enlarged, 4th printing) has those sections marked which are deleted from
> the 1969 edition. For example, one sentence and the five words beginning
> the next sentence in Annie Besant's "Foreword" have been deleted - they
> refer to "the nearness of the Coming of the World Teacher" (which was,
> after all, the reason Leadbeater gave for publishing the book). A few
> further examples: 2 sentences from the opening of Chapter 1; half
> sentence on page 40 referring to "when He comes forth to the world to
> teach His people as He intends so to do very shortly..."; a paragraph on
> page 43 referring to the Coming; one paragraph and part of another on
> page 63 regarding the writing of "At The Feet of the Master"; a large
> paragraph on the Masters' endorsement of Co-Masonry and the Liberal
> Catholic Church on page 67; the whole secton headed "The Coming" from
> page 255-257; the pargraph on Leadbeater's viewing of "Visitors" from
> other solar systems on page 298; and so on.
> What is described as the 3rd and 4th editions (1969 and 1983) are
> described on the title page as "An Abridgement"; an abridgement does not
> normally described a work from which particular passages are removed to
> cobceal the original meaning of the author! Nor can an "abridgement" be
> described as an "Edition."
> Given that Leadbeater said the material in the book was only made
> generally available bcause of the imminence of the Coming, and that he
> openly, publicly and privately, proclaiming the imminence of the Coming
> (and the details thereof), on what basis can such selective editing be
> Dr Gregory Tillett
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