The Comte de St. Germain by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (1911)
The Comte de St Germain was an inscrutable figure who suddenly appeared in London in 1745. He was a man without a past, and openly admitted that his chosen name was fictitious. A wonderful musician and composer, witty and courteous, he dispensed diamonds, never ate in public, dropped hints of his own physical immortality, and claimed to have no interest in sexually relations of any kind.
Following his English appearance, the Comte disappeared for 12 years, surfacing for two years in pre-revolutionary France as the confidant of Louis XV, then vanishing once more for 11 years, only to reappear in Belgium, Russia and Germany. Following his disputed death in 1784, several notables claimed to have met him decades later, ever-wealthy and every youthful. Cooper-Oakley's investigation of the St Germain legend is an occult classic, in which she painstakingly draws together letters, diaries and private records of St Germain, to provide the most comprehensive picture we possess of the enigmatic Count.
Isabel Cooper-Oakley (1853/4-1914) was a prominent Theosophist and author. Born in Amritza, India, Isabel married Alfred J. Oakley, and they then both changed their surname to Cooper-Oakley. Sometime in the late 1890s, G.R.S. Mead became Isabel’s brother-in-law when he married her sister, another prominent Theosophist, Laura Cooper. Isabel Cooper-Oakley died March 3, 1914, at Budapest, Hungary.
Among her many works was The Comte de St. Germain, or The Count of St. Germain. The Count of St. Germain ( 1710-1784 ) has been variously described in secular histories as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, pianist, violinist and amateur composer. Under the name "St. Germain" he is recognized as a Spiritual Master of central importance to Theosophy, and under the name "Ascended Master Saint Germain" he is recognized as a Spiritual Master of central importance not only by the Saint Germain Foundation, but by the various schools of Ascended Master Teachings generally.