Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

11903Judge's Editing of the VOICE: Different versions of the story?

Expand Messages
  • Daniel H. Caldwell
    May 6, 2003
    • 0 Attachment
      Wes recently wrote:

      ". . . when Judge reprinted 'The Voice of the Silence' in New York in
      1893, he did some minor editing and rearranged the footnotes to
      appear on the text pages instead of at the back of the book. So, when
      The Theosophy Company went to re-publish the Voice, there were two
      editions to choose from: Blavatsky's and Judge's. Which one should we
      have published? HPB's 'original' text, or Judge's edition which was a
      bit easier to use? The Theosophy Company editors apparently decided
      to use Judge's, relying on his known skill as an editor."

      But in The Aquarian Theosophist, an editorial note [by Jerome
      Wheeler???]reads:

      "This change [concerning the "thin oblong squares] FIRST occurred in
      the 1892 edition of the Voice issued by G.R.S. Mead and A. Besant.
      Hence it appears that WQJ based his 1893 edition on the Mead/Besant
      reprint rather than HPB's original. — EDS." Caps added. See
      <http://www.teosofia.com/Docs/vol-2-10.pdf> p. 2, footnote 1

      Do we have differing versions here?

      Compare and contrast the above versions with the following:

      In a letter dated March 30, 1928 and signed by THE THEOSOPHY
      COMPANY, an annonymous official informed Dr. H.N. Stokes (editor of
      THE O.E. LIBRARY CRITIC)about who had made the changes in the 1928
      Theosophy Company edition:

      "The Theosophy Company is just bringing out an entirely new edition
      of *The Voice of the Silence.* . . .. Sometime ago the Theosophy
      Company came into possession of a copy of the original London
      edition of *The Voice of the Silence* with the typographical changes
      and corrections made by Mr. Judge in his own hand, and it is this
      text which is followed in the edition just being issued by the
      Theosophy Company. . . ." [quoted in O.E. LIBRARY CRITIC, July 1928.]

      In a follow-up letter dated May 1, 1928, THE THEOSOPHY COMPANY
      again stated to Dr. Stokes the following:

      "This new [TC 1928] edition . . . is set up *verbatim et literatim*
      from a copy of the original edition of *The Voice of the Silence* as
      corrected by Mr. Judge in his own handwriting. This copy we have in
      our possession. . . ."
      [quoted in O.E. LIBRARY CRITIC, July 1928.]

      Can Dallas and Wes find this "copy of the original London edition of
      *The Voice of the Silence* with the typographical changes and
      corrections made by Mr. Judge in his own hand" in the ULT/Theosophy
      Company archives?

      Daniel H. Caldwell
      BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER/BLAVATSKY ARCHIVES
      http://blavatskyarchives.com