Two columes, first editions. Blindstamped pebbled dark brown cloth. xvii+ 519 pp. and xvi+ 500 pp. A tight, very good set, sunning to the spine strips. British history writer William Howitt (1792-1879) concentrated mostly on English history in the earlier decades of his life. Born a Quaker, he left the Society of Friends in the late 1840s and became increasingly interested in Spiritualism. This work is considered his magnum opus on the subject; it's subject matter ranges widely, from the history of the supernatural in ancient cultures across the world from ancient Greece and Rome to the American Indians; the supernatural in the Catholic Church, magic in relation to the supernatural, spiritualism in Europe and America, chapters relating to the Quakers, Protestant sects and some miscellany such as second sight, spirtual healing, apparitions and so forth. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The History Of The Supernatural (in two ...
Publication Date: 1863
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Longman Green Longman Roberts & Green, London, 1863. First UK edition. Hardcover. small 8vos. Two volumes (complete). xx + 490pp + 2pp adverts. & xviii + 474pp + 2pp adverts. Original blind stamped blue cloth with gilt titling and embellishments to spines. William Howitt (1792 -1879), born at Heanor, Derbyshire, was a popular English author who wrote on many subjects, including travels in Australia. Raised a Quaker, he left the Society of Friends in 1847, and thereafter became increasingly interested in Spiritualism. In 1863 he published 'The History of the Supernatural in all Ages and Nations,' which though largely historical, still included much on then-burgeoning Spiritualist movement, a certain amount of which was drawn from his own involvement. Spines darkened and lightly chafed, rubbed and lightly chipped at ends. Boards a bit rubbed with a few faint spots and some light bumps to edges, corners bumped and rubbed. Page edges a bit dusty, armorial bookplate, endpapers split at inner hinges but hinges quite sound. Paper bright and text unmarked. Overall a sound, internally clean near VG set. Scarce. Seller Inventory # 33710