Philadelphia: Academy of the New Church, 1887. First edition. Large 8vo, original green cloth, 175 pages. 35 hand-colored plates. Cloth a somewhat rubbed and soiled; hinges cracked (but sound), as is nearly always seen in this title one plate sprung but present; a good copy. Item #11083
A detailed and beautiful compendium of Swedenborgian theology from this instructor at the Academy of the New Church, with numerous hand-painted colored diagrams meant to illustrate the passage of the soul from the Natural Body to the supreme degree, which Burnham regrets cannot be depicted in true “sun color, which color arises from a perfect union of red and white and most perfectly represents the union of love and wisdom in the soul.” To judge from a brief biographical notice in a history of New Church education, Burnham was nearly blind when this book was published, making its aesthetic value all the more poignant.