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Synopsis: This book, a product of automatic writing, first came to my attention in a footnote in William James' Varieties of Religious Experience. James compared this text to Oahspe, as well as the case of Helene Smith, described in From India to the Planet Mars. The book claims to be the revelation of one Zertoulem, who lived long ago in a land called Tlaskanata. The preface and glossary state that Tlaskanata was in Middle America, 'thousands of years ago.'
The actual text is a lot more consistent than most automatic writing I've seen. The style is similar to Lord Dunsany, Khalil Gibran, or perhaps the orientalist translations of Edward Fitz-Gerald. Although the setting is in a previously unknown lost civilization, the spiritual concerns addressed here are very modern. As far as I can tell this book has not been reprinted since 1916. (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
About the Author
Giles, Herbert Allen (1845 - 1935)
Herbert Allen Giles (8 December 1845 - 13 February 1935) was a British diplomat and sinologist, educated at Charterhouse.
Giles was a diplomat to China (1867-1892). He was British Vice Consul at Pagoda Island (1880-83) and Shanghai (1883-85) and Consul at Tamsui (1885-91) and at Ningpo (1891-93) who later became the second professor of Chinese at Cambridge, succeeding Wade, after living in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1902 he became first lecturer at Columbia University on the Lung Foundation. (Quote from (Quote from wikipedia.org))
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.
Title: Wisdom of the Ages (Forgotten Books)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Forgotten Books, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 128 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.31 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1606802496