Dublin: Printed at the North Centre Private Press, 1892.. 1892.. Fair. INCLUDES THE POEM "OM" BY THE POET GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL [AE] - Small quarto, 9-1/2 inches high by 7 inches wide. Softcover, bound in printed peach tan wraps. The periodical is disbound with the pages and covers detached and with chipping and pieces out from the edges of the darkened & fragile covers. 28 pages. The pages are toned. There is a tiny piece out from the top inner corner of the leaves. A complete issue of this rare publication.
Most noteworthy among the contents are "OM" by G.W.R., the Irish poet George William Russell who most often wrote under the pseudonym AE. Other contributions include "Problems of Death and the After Life" by Annie Besant; "Pages from the Upanishads ... The Four Steps of the Self [From the Mandukya Upanishad]" translated by Charles Johnston; "Theosophy in Plain Language" and "Review and Notes" (including reviews of Theosophist, The Path, Lucifer, and Ethical Echo) by Daniel Nicol Dunlop. Two anonymous contributions included are: "Verses from the Dhammapada" and "Our Work".
In 1892, Robert E. Coates, Fred J. Dick and his wife, and a small group of other brilliant young writers started the small magazine named "The Irish Theosophist". The high quality of the poems and unusual articles attracted contemporary writers. George W. Russell (AE) (1867- 1935), the Irish nationalist, author, poet, and painter, found a voice for his articles "Priest and Hero" and "The Hero in Man" and his poems, in the periodical. A mystical writer, who never failed to credit H.P. Blavatsky and W.Q. Judge, he was the center of a group of followers of theosophy in Dublin.
The Scottish-born artist Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868-1935) moved to Dublin where he became a friend of AE and William Butler Yeats and involved himself with the Irish Theosophical Society. James Joyce even mentions him in Ulysses. After meeting Rudolf Steiner in England, he dedicated himself to anthroposophy.