James Morgan Pryse

James Morgan Pryse was an author, publisher, and theosophist.

Family background

Pryse was born in New London, Ohio, and died in Los Angeles, California.
Pryse married Jessica "Jessie" Mayer on Dec. 1, 1902 at Galesville, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin.
James had a brother named John Morgan Pryse who died in Los Angeles and who was also a publisher and writer on esoteric subjects.
James began his career in law, but gave it up for journalism. In adult life he travelled extensively, helping create a utopian colony in Topolobampo, Mexico, and editing the Topolobampo periodical from his New Jersey home.

Pryse brothers and the Theosophical Society

James settled in Los Angeles, California, in 1886. He joined the Los Angeles branch of the Theosophical Society on July 28, 1887. His brother John was already a member at that time. John later dropped out of the Theosophical Society and founded the Gnostic Society in 1928. The original headquarters of the Gnostic Society was in John's home in Los Angeles.
In July 1888 the Pryse brothers arrived in New York City. In 1889, members of the Theosophical Society from New York City and Chicago purchased a printing press and type, for the purpose of setting up a publishing company which would handle the publishing needs of the various branches of the Theosophical Society located in the United States. This theosophical publishing company, named the Aryan Press, was located at 144 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. James was recruited to set up and operate the Aryan Press, which was in full operation by December 1889.
Due to the success of the Aryan Press, a larger printing press was purchased and shipped to London, England. In August 1890, James was contacted by Helena Blavatsky and summoned to London, for the purpose of setting up and operating this new publishing company, known as the H. P. B. Press. This printing press was also referred to as the "Blavatsky Press." James left New York City for London in September 1890, at which time his brother John took over operation of the Aryan Press. The H. P. B. Press was installed in London about November 1890.
Blavatsky had asked James to publish her Esoteric Instructions in the United States, so the work would be accessible to members of the American branches of the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky's Esoteric Instructions was duly published by the Aryan Press in 1890.
In The Apocalypse Unsealed Pryse published the secret key to decoding the esoteric meaning of the Biblical Book of Revelation. His The Restored New Testament also shows esoteric meaning.