The Ancient of the Ancients by John Augustus Knapp
Art by John Augustus Knapp from the PRS collection
These new prints of John Augustus Knapp's famed esoteric illustrations for The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928) were taken from ultra high-resolution scans of the original copies of the artworks in the PRS collections. Minimal correction was done to the scans to remove dirt and repair any flaws or minor damage from aging. Each image was printed on 100 lb. Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite Cover paper stock by Typecraft in Pasadena for PRS.
Illustrator & artist John Augustus Knapp (1853-1938) is best known today for his collaborations with Manly P. Hall on the pioneering encyclopedia of esoteric symbols and traditions, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928) and The Revised New Art Tarot Deck (1929). Knapp’s breathtaking illustrations for The Secret Teachings – gorgeous visions of Atlantean temples, Delphic oracles and Mithraic gods, swirling with color and arcane symbols – are among the most admired works in esoteric art in the 20th century. Similarly, his designs for the Knapp-Hall Tarot have become classics in the field for their medieval-inspired simplicity and beauty. A native of Kentucky, born before the Civil War broke out, Knapp was well into his 60s when he met the much-younger Manly Hall and began working together on Knapp’s journal The All-Seeing Eye and other books.
Posters do not contain the PRS logo; the images on the website are watermarked.
13″ x 19″ print matte
image size ~ 11″ x 17″