Rene Guenon is without doubt one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Frithjof Schuon has said of him that lie had `the central function of restoring the great principles of traditional metaphysics to Western awareness and lie added that Guenon gave proof of a universality of understanding that for centuries had no parallel in the Western world.' This long awaited volume is presented here in English for the first time; and since it constitutes one of Guenon's greatest works its publication must be counted as one of the great literary events of this century. To glance at the chapter headings is to be impressed by the wealth and variety of the contentsThe Science of Letters; Symbolic Weapons; The Wild Boar & the Bear, The Language of the Birds; The Bridge and the Rainbow-are but a few of the 76 chapters. A striking aspect of the book is that it gives a new significance to so many of the objects, natural and man-made, with which we are inescapably surrounded in our daily life. Sensitive readers will be enriched by the immense perspective which is here offered them, both in time and space; and they will see the book above all as an introduction to the spiritual life, an introduction which fascinates and compels. For some souls it will open doors which no other key could unlock.