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On the rise, progress, and mysteries of mesmerism of all ages

Hall, Charles Radclyffe

Published by London, 1845
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Author's Copy, With Annotations Hall, Charles Radclyffe (1819-79). On the rise, progress and mysteries of mesmerism in all ages and countries. Extract from Lancet (1845). 4to. 10 numbered articles, variously paginated. N.p., n.d. 262 x 186 mm. Articles bound together in 19th-cent. pictorial cloth, black backstrip, a little darkened. Some browning, foxing and dampstaining throughout. Hall's own copy, with his signature on the flyleaf: "C. R. Hall / Derwent House (crossed out) / Torquay." Pencil annotations in what is presumably Hall's hand at the foot of p. 117; blank sheets pasted over portions of the extracts not containing Hall's article. Stamp of the Lancet on several pages. First Edition. Hall was a strong opponent of the doctrine of animal magnetism, exposing what he believed to be its contradictions, absurdities and scientific weaknesses in the present series of articles. Based on his investigations, Hall concluded that animal magnetism was a phenomenon of the imagination and had no basis in physical laws. The articles were published in the Lancet, whose reformist editor, Thomas Wakley, shared Hall's antimesmerist views. We are offering the author's copy, bound for him from extracts from the Lancet, and annotated presumably by him in two places on p. 117. No separate English edition of Hall's work appears to have been published, either in book or offprint form, but an American book-form edition, reprinted from the Lancet articles, was published the same year that the articles appeared. Not in Crabtree. DNB (Wakley). Bookseller Inventory # 33950

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Publication Date: 1845

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