The Vault: A bibliography of rare books published by Manly P. Hall
By Ernest J. Rodriguez
One hundred years ago (in 1922) Manly P. Hall released what he described as his “first literary effort.” The book was a slim 89-page octavo titled The Initiates of the Flame. The work was limited to 1000 copies and was made available as a Special Student’s Edition. Each copy was hand-signed and numbered by Hall. It has become one of Hall’s most collectable early editions, and copies seldom appear on the market; on the rare occasion that they do, they are often picked up within a few hours of the listing. Over the next 70 years Hall wrote over 150 books, and the extensive run of his three periodicals (The All-Seeing Eye [1923-1931], Horizon [1941-1958], and PRS Journal [1958-1990]) have become collectibles themselves. From the hundreds of works published there followed many subsequent printings, revised editions, and binding variations, with several publishing houses involved in all facets of the production. Sifting through the multiplicity of Hall’s bibliography makes it difficult for even the most ardent collector to identify those editions which are truly rare.
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