SourcesA list of books, articles, and internet resources that have contributed to The Bibliography of Annie Besant (1833-1947).
A. Print Resources
Besant, Annie. Annie Besant: An Autobiography. With an additional survey of her life by George S. Arundale, and biographical notes compiled mainly from her own writings. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1939.
Anonymous. A Besant Diary of Principal Events. Theosophist: Besant Centenary Issue (October 1947).
Besant, Arthur Digby. The Besant Pedigree. London: Besant and Co., 1930.
Besterman, Theodore. A Bibliography of Annie Besant. London: Theosophical Society in England, 1924.
Mills, Joy. 100 Years of Theosophy: A History of the Theosophical Society in America. Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Publishing House, 1987.
The National Union Catalogue: Pre-1956 Imprints, vols. 50-51. London: Mansell, 1969.
Nethercot, Arthur H. The First Five Lives of Annie Besant. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960.
_____. The Last Four Lives of Annie Besant. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Ransom, Josephine. The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Book of the Theosophical Society: A Short History of the Society’s Growth from 1926-1950. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1950.
_____. A Short History of the Theosophical Society. Adyar: Theosophical Publish House, 1938.
Saville, John. A Selection of the Social and Political Pamphlets of Annie Besant. New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1970.
Sharma, Jayadish Saran. Indian National Congress: A Descriptive Bibliography of India’s Struggle for Freedom. Delhi, India: S. Chand, 1959.
Williams, Gertrude M. The Passionate Pilgrim: A Life of Annie Besant. London: John Hamilton, 1931.
B. Internet Resources
Advanced Book Exchange. Website for finding used, rare, and out-of-print books. Some dealers offer a surprising amount of useful bibliographic information in describing items for sale.
Amazon. All in-print, reprinted, or print-on-demand, and many out-of-print books by Annie Besant. The Search Inside function allows for peeks at the table of contents of many items.
Anand Gholap. Large collection of online books and pamphlets by Annie Besant and other theosophists, such as Charles W. Leadbeater. Scroll down to see the alphabetical index of available books.
Bookfinder. Searches the databases of all the major websites offering used, rare, and out-of-print books for sale worldwide, including Advanced Book Exchange, Alibris, and Amazon.
British Library Integrated Catalogue. Largest single collection of books and pamphlets by Annie Besant.
The Canadian Theosophical Association. A complete online edition of the Adyar Library Pamphlet Series, with dozens of contributions by Besant.
Elibron Classics. Print-on-demand reprints of 17 Annie Besant titles (only available on Amazon).
Google Books. When available, these are arguably the best online editions for Besant's books. They not only offer photographic reproductions, page by page, but also table of contents links to each chapter and search capabilities within the book. Best to search the Google Books website for a specific book title--a general search on Annie Besant may puls up an overwhelming amount of information.
Internet Archive. Access to scores of free downloadable books and pamphlets by Annie Besant, including those listed at Project Gutenberg, with some duplicates. Offers multiple formats for downloading and reading each book.
Kessinger Publishing. Reprints of hundreds of books and pamphlets by Annie Besant (also available on Amazon).
Project Gutenberg. Ten e-books by Annie Besant available for free download.
Quest Books. The publishing arm of the Theosophical Society in America and importer of books published by the Theosophical Publishing House in Adyar. Source of all currently in print books by Annie Besant.
The Theosophical Society in Australia, Campbell Theosophical Research Library. Largest collection of links to online books and pamphlets of Annie Besant.
The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals. An online database of the contents of many theosophical journals and pamphlet series, sponsored by the Campbell Theosophical Research Library.
Worldcat.org. A search engine that accesses the online catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.