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The Secret Teachings of All Ages (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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The best edition to get is the hardcover University Edition printed in 2008. BUT if you want a cheaper paperback, make sure you get the authorized 2000 reduced facsimile of the 1988 Diamond Jubilee edition from the Philosophical Research Society (PRS). It's the only edition in print that is a true reprint of the original typography and illustrations in their correct places. All other editions are re-typeset, and some cluster all the color illustrations together rather than at the beginning of each chapter where they belong. The Reduced Facsimile is also the only edition that was authorized by Hall when he was still alive, and the only edition that contains ALL the original illustrations.
The 2000 edition from PRS is very good quality with a sewn signature binding printed on heavy photo paper. DON'T get the Dover edition or the "Readers" edition!! Much of the value in this text is the beautiful typography and illustrations. It's not worth owning it otherwise. A cheap used copy of the facsimile edition can be easily found for under $10. I got mine for $2.99 and it's beautiful.
The idea that you can buy the kindle version for $1.99 is a mind-blowing paradigm shift in and of itself. However, I'm giving the e-version 4 stars instead of the 5 that the book certainly merits (and then some), because of the formatting. I've read through a few chapters, and skipped around a bit (this book is made for referencing, not necessarily for reading straight through) to see how they handled the conversion. Frankly it's a mixed bag.
Plus - the table of contents works okay. Without a searchable ToC, this book would be virtually unusable. So that part is fine.
Negatives - the physical book is filled with illustrations - tons of them. The ebook has some illustrations, but seems to be missing the bulk of what's meant to be there. This is not a minor omission. There are missing charts and graphs and maps and many full page/ color images. Also, in the physical book, every illustration has a long caption - sometimes using multiple paragraphs to explain it in context - but whenever you come to an illustration in the e-book, it gives you the full caption without delineating any difference from the regular text. The effect is that the book seems to lose it's train of thought to start talking about random things in mid paragraph. This would make it very confusing if you weren't aware of what it was supposed to look like in its original form. Actually, it makes it confusing either way. Readable, but it takes getting used to.
All in all, I'd recommend that you get a physical copy of this book to really enjoy and understand it. But for a $1.99, this is still a treasure trove of goodness... you just might have to work a little harder to take it in.