The French Revolution
A Study in Democracy by a far-right conspiracy theorist
First edition, hardback in red cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. 23 × 14.5cm, xv + 519pp.
Nesta Helen Webster (1876–1960) was a far-right conspiracy theorist and author who revived conspiracy theories about the Illuminati. She claimed that the secret society's members were occultists, plotting communist world domination, through a Jewish cabal, the Masons and Jesuits. This is her study of the French Revolution in which she credited a conspiracy based around Freemasonry as responsible for it. She wrote that "the lodges of the German Freemasons and Illuminati were thus the source whence emanated all those anarchic schemes which culminated in the Terror, and it was at a great meeting of the Freemasons in Frankfurt-am-Main, three years before the French Revolution began, that the deaths of Louis XVI and Gustavus III of Sweden were first planned."
This is quite a rare first edition, but is in only fair condition. The red cloth has mottled fading to all boards and the spine, and the book is also creased to the spine. There is light wear to the hinges but the contents are in better condition, the book remaining perfectly readable. Previous owners' names to the ffep and title page (Ramsden of Siddinghurst, Chiddingfold).