Irving Steiger Cooper: More biographical information

An earlier post provided some biographical information on Irving Steiger Cooper (1882-1935), an American who served as Leadbeater’s secretary for many years, and was consecrated as a Bishop on July 13, 1919 in Sydney by Bishops Wedgwood, Leadbeater, and Mazel, and appointed Regionary Bishop for the USA – see: and

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Dick Balfour Clarke, Irving Cooper, Fabrizio Ruspoli and Leadbeater (and cat) working on The Lives of Alcyone, Adyar, 1911.

Dr Ian Ellis Jones has now posted a much more detailed account of Cooper and his Theosophical and Liberal Catholic career on-line:

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Cooper’s publications included:

Methods of Psychic Development (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1912 [with foreword by C W Leadbeater]);

Theosophy Simplified (Hollywood CA: Theosophical Book Concern, 1915; Wheaton IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1928);

Reincarnation: The Hope of the World (Chicago: The Theosophical Press, 1920; 2nd edition, 1927; 1st Quest edition, 1979, published under the title of Reincarnation: A Hope of the World);

Ways to Perfect Health (Chicago: The Theosophical Press, 1923);

The Secret of Happiness (Chicago: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925);

Ceremonies of the Liberal Catholic Rite (Los Angeles: St Alban Press, 1934; 2nd edition, London, 1964).

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