Swiss Publishing House
Perseus Publishing Basel, Switzerland was founded by T. H. Meyer in 1990. Two motives led to this founding: they are related to each other. The first motive arose from Meyer’s biography of D. N. Dunlop (1868 – 1935). Dunlop was a friend of W. B. Yeats‘ and of the poet and artist AE; he was also one of the first admirers of the works of H. P. Blavatsky and Mabel Collins
(1851 – 1927). He was an excellent businessman, a prominent expert on the world economy and an extremely able organiser: in 1924 he initiated the World Power Conference, and he had intended to convene a World Economic Conference in order to open up new possibilities for the realisation of the concept of the Threefold Social Order. In 1922 he met Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), and organised the first anthroposophical Summer Schools in Britain. He became the Secretary General of the British branch of the Anthroposophical Society and continued to hold this office until he was excluded from the Society in 1935.
The second motive for founding Perseus Publishing was the wish to have a completely independent forum for the exchange of ideas, as a contribution to a truly free „spiritual life“ in society such as Dunlop had always striven for.
This founding came about solely through the initiative of an individual person, and the publishing house is in no way connected with or dependent on any present-day political, economic or spiritual institution.
The name Perseus refers to back to Greek mythology, to the victor over the monster Medusa, whose gaze killed anyone who looked her directly in the face. Medusa represents all ancient pre-rational forces, which Perseus can only vanquish by employing his intellect, that is (in the metaphor of the myth) by using his shield as a mirror in which he perceives these forces in reflection.