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Zirkoff, Boris De ( Compiler )

Published by Blavatsky Writings Publication Fund, Los Angeles (1956)

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About this Item: Blavatsky Writings Publication Fund, Los Angeles, 1956. Stapled Wraps. Condition: Near Fine. First Printing of the First Edition. Fine but for prev. owner insc., and very minor traces of use. Essays by Blavatsky, Besant, Judge, Purucker and others. 123 pages. Seller Inventory # 13662

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Dr. Raymond

Published by Hickey & Dyke, Calgary, Canada (1930)

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About this Item: Hickey & Dyke, Calgary, Canada, 1930. Stapled Wraps. Condition: Very Good. Illustrated (illustrator). First Edition. 26 pages. No date, circa 1930. Seller Inventory # 005367

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Ashburner, John, M.D

Published by London. Walton and Mitchell. . (1846)

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About this Item: London. Walton and Mitchell. ., 1846. Buff printed paper wraps. First Edition. 16 pp. 8vo. John Ashburner (1793 1878) was a noted English physician and authority on animal magnetism and spiritualism. In this seminal paper, which is a paradigm of contemporary "scientific mesmerism , Ashburner uses his presumably physiologic experiments with subjects being mesmerized to infer that a mesmeric fluid passes from the mesmerizer to the object, typically from either the eyes or the hands, and that this fluid behaves like magnetic fluids which he infers to be the agency of magnetic effects. He discusses this in relation to various phrenological characteristics and to sundry therapeutic results. Ashburner, further, appeals to prior evidence of experiments with mesmerized metals and with the Okey girls, whose fraudulent behavior was later exposed and, as a result, mesmeric experiments banned from the pages of "The Lancet". In 1861, he was visited by the American medium and rapper (since age 14), Charles Foster (1828 1904), later Governor of Ohio and Secretary of the Treasury (1891 3) to Benjamin Harrison. With Foster, Ashburner witnessed materialization of nine hands above the dining room table and a levitation of Foster and the piano on which he was playing. Dickens, Thackeray and other literary notables had sittings with Foster, who was later exposed as a fraud and died of alcoholism and dementia whose origins preceded his stint in the US cabinet. Ashburner also wrote the preface and notes to Baron Charles von Reichenbach s 1850 treatise on experiments on magnetism and physical forces, and their relations to the Vital Force, (the volume was dedicated to John Elliotson), in which they touch on somnambulism. phrenology, clairvoyance and hallucinations. The Zoist was founded in 1843 by Elliotson (1791 1868), a noted physician, the first user of a stethoscope in Britain, who resigned his professorship when mesmerism was banned by the Royal Medical societies. Elliotson was a mesmerist, held scéances and founded The Phrenological Society. He was late to espouse Spiritualism, but then had a conversion to Christianity; he subsequently reconciled with Ashburner, from whom he had been earlier estranged because of Ashburner s adoption of Spiritualism. Covers soiled. Owner s signature ("E. Hussey") on front cover. Else, Very Good. Seller Inventory # 10538

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Facts in Mesmerism, or Animal Magnetism. With: Townshend, Rev. Chauncy

Townshend, Rev. Chauncy Hare

Published by Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston (1841)

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About this Item: Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston, 1841. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First American Edition. First American Edition. x, [2], [1]-539 pages. 8vo. Publisher's dark brown cloth with gilt spine lettering and blindstamped decorations on the front and rear panels. A bright copy with some fraying at the top of the spine panel and light foxing throughout. With the ownership signature of Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch (son of the better known mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch) on the title page and dated 1842. Cloth. Nathaniel I. Bowditch was Vice President of the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1856-1862. Townshend was a skeptic, later a supporter of animal magnetism. The first edition was London, 1840, with the title "Facts in Mesmerism, With Reasons for a Dispassionate Inquiry Into it" and went through a number of editions. Robert H. Collyer has added an appendix "Report of the Boston Committee on Animal Magnetism, as Exhibited by Dr. Robert H. Collyer" to this edition ("First American Edition" as stated on the title page) There was also a Harper and Brothers edition in 1841 with a page count of 388 pages. Nicely represented in institutional collections but less commonly found in the trade. Seller Inventory # 21251

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Townshend, Chauncey Hare

Published by Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston (1841)

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About this Item: Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston, 1841. Hardcover. 1st. With an appendix containing the report of the Boston Committee on Animal Magnetism. Bound in publisher's original brown cloth with spine stamped in gilt. A nice tight and bright copy with only minimal rubbing to extremities. minor foxing to fore edge and easily removable pencil notes throughout. An important book. Seller Inventory # 9009259

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