1890 · London:
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891) was a highly controversial Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained an international following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy, the esoteric religion that the society promoted. She founded this magazine, Lucifer, trying to debunk paranormal phenomena and raising philosophical discussions. She also founded the Theosophical Publishing Company when other publishers would not publish her work (much as did the Richard Burton Society for the Arabian Nights at the same time). She dies after succumbing to the prevailing influenza epidemic during the winter of 1890-1.
Annie Besant (1847-1933) was also very controversial, further involved in women's rights, and supported both Irish and Indian self-rule. She met Blavatsky in 1890 and soon partnered with her for this publication. She became President of the Theosophical Society in 1907. She was a prolific writer and very influential in her circle.
Some of the contributing articles: Black magic in science; Thomas A. Edison - by Nizida; Evolution; Some of the Follies connected with "Spiritualism"; The Grand Paradox - by Thos. Williams; Hermetic Notes; Sir Edwin Arnold on Japanese Buddhism; The Letters of Johann Caspar Lavater to the Empress Maria Feodorovna, the wife of the Emperor Paul I, of Russia; Mesmerism; The Occult Side of some Everyday Habits - by G.A.H. Johnston; Pistis-Sophia - ; Raising the Devil; Talismanic Magic - by F.L. Gardner; The Vedantic Philosophy - by U.L. Desai, etc. (Inventory #: LLV2638)