SUMMARY: CW Vol. 14 heavily dependent on Besant's 3rd Volume
May 19, 2006 07:29 AM
In the 1897 edition of Volume III of THE SECRET DOCTRINE,
there are (excluding H.P.B.'s esoteric papers at
the back of this volume), 52 sections (or chapters)
covering 432 pages of text.
40 of these sections or chapters of the SD Vol. III were SIMPLY
transferred by Mr. de Zirkoff into HPB's COLLECTED WRITINGS (most of
them into Vol. XIV).
It should be clearly stated here that the ONLY EXISTING copies of
these 40 sections are the printed copies in SD Vol. III.
Mr. de Zirkoff had NO OTHER versions of these 40 sections to rely on
or work with.
Furthermore, these 40 sections constitute more than 300 pages of the
text of SD III.
For the remaining 12 sections of SD III which have corresponding
text in the EARLIER Wurzburg manuscript, Mr. de Zirkoff and his team
compared the two sets of text, etc. and then decided what to publish
in the COLLECTED WRITINGS.
Mr. de Zirkoff transferred into the COLLECTED WRITINGS volumes (most
of it into Volume XIV) these hundreds of pages of text DIRECTLY FROM
Annie Besant's Vol. III.
In other words, COLLECTED WRITINGS, Vol. 14 is heavily DEPENDENT on
Annie Besant's 3rd Volume.
Mr. Aveline may wish to ignore these important observations but I'm
sure Dara Eklund, who was the assistant compiler of Vol. 14, can
confirm these observations of mine.
And thank you, Ken Small, for your confirmation.
In fact, any reader interested in determining the truth of the
matter can start by comparing the text of the 52 sections in Vol.
III of the SD with Vol. XIV of HPB's COLLECTED WRITINGS.
Daniel H. Caldwell
Blavatsky Study Center
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