Different Editions of THE SECRET DOCTRINE
Apr 07, 1998 05:28 PM
by Daniel H Caldwell
>Theosophical University Press in Pasadena publishes an almost
>exact version of the original SD of 1888, but on comparison
>certain changes (editings) made by Boris de Zircov were found to
>be introduced into the text on the thesis that these were errors
>made inadvertently in the original.
Dallas, you must be confusing two different editions. The Theosophical
University Press edition currently being sold is a facsimile of the
original 1888 edition. The Collected Writings edition of the S.D.
published by the Theosophical Publishing House is the one edited and
corrrected by Boris de Zirkoff.
W. Dallas TenBroeck wrote:
> April 7th 1998
> Dear "alpha":
> RE: SD editions
> Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, publishes a photographic reprint
> of the original SD of 1888 edited as HPB issued it originally --
> without alterations of any kind.
> Theosophical University Press in Pasadena publishes an almost
> exact version of the original SD of 1888, but on comparison
> certain changes (editings) made by Boris de Zircov were found to
> be introduced into the text on the thesis that these were errors
> made inadvertently in the original.
> In 1889 while HPB was still alive a 2nd printing of the SD was
> done using the original plates.
> 1n 1893 under the editorship of Annie Besant and G.R.S.Mead a
> "third and Revised edition of the SD was issued with over 40,000
> alterations made by them which HPB never saw or authorized. The
> type was at that time entirely reset.
> It is quite probable, as you say, that the esoteric codes said to
> be embedded in the "original" have been mutilated,if not
> In 1897 the "3rd Edition" was again reprinted and also at that
> time a spurious
> "Third volume of the SD" was issued, edited by Annie Besant
> which included unedited, "unarranged" manuscripts of HPB and
> other material.
> In 1925 the ULT ( Theosophy Company, Los Angeles) issued the
> photographic reprint of the SD so that students would have it for
> continued reference. It was again reprinted in 1947 and more
> recently again issued -- all from from photographs of the
> original (1888) edition's pages.
> In 1938 the T.P.H. Adyar, etc. issued a 6 volume edition in reset
> type copying the 1893 "Third and Revised edition."
> An excellent INDEX to the SD has been issued by theosophy company
> in 1939. Early this year another excellent INDEX has been issued
> by Theosophical University Press, Pasadena
> which embodies all the references so far printed, and includes
> many fresh ones due to the efforts of a number of students.
> That is as far as my records on its publishing go.
> Best wishes,
> From: "Alpha (Tony)" <email@example.com>
> Date: Monday, April 06, 1998 1:19 PM
> Subject: Re:mediums and ascended?
> >Kirsten wrote:
> >> How many
> >>versions of SD have been published and which one is everyone
> >>here? I find quotes with volume and page numbers that don't
> >>to the set that I have. My set contains 5 volumes with a
> separate index
> >>totalling 6 volumes that are blue hardbacks and was published
> by the < SNIP >
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