I just thought I should warn any prospective buyer that the people giving this book 5 stars are doing this on the basis of the text alone. While I agree with their assessments there, the illustrations really leave a lot to be desired. They're poorly copied, and with such a low resolution you cannot see any fine detail at all. There are NO colour pictures. I first ordered this version, then after seeing the poor pictures, tried the version sold on Amazon as 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)', going by other reviewer's comments on how clear the pictures were. Besides costing less, that version also has a very helpful index at the back which the version under review sadly lacks. The Reader's Edition may have somewhat cheaper paper, but the illustrations are well-reproduced, all the detail can be seen very well, and it has about a dozen glossy pages with full colour illustrations. As far as these two books go then, it's a question of better paper with poor illustrations versus cheaper paper with clear illustrations. I guess you can't win 'em all.