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Imoda, Enrico and G. Simoni, photographer
Fotografie di Fantasmi [Photographs of phantasms]
Turin: Fratelli Bocca, 1912. Large octavo (25.7 × 17.8 cm). Original printed cream wrappers in translucent calque; recent cloth-backed card folder and slipcase by Devauchelle with printed title to spine. With 48 tipped-in gelatin silver prints and one halftone by G. Simoni of Rome, ranging in size from approx. 7.5 × 7.6 to 16.5 × 11.6 cm. This copy includes the pink label on page 88, as issued, in lieu of a fiftieth small photograph not available at the time of publication (a later facsimile copy is laid in). Light wear; overall a very good copy in a fine slipcase. Rare first and only edition of this important work of spiritualist photography, based on Dr. Enciro Imoda's study of the young medium Linda Gazzera (1890-1932). "The daughter of a chemist from Turin, Linda Gazerra, a well-educated woman, had a high repute from 1908 to 1912 for violent physical phenomena, apports, and materialisations. Dr. Imoda studied her for nearly the whole of that period, and his book Fotografie di Fantasmi (1912) gives numbers of photographs of her ghosts... Baron von Schrenck-Notzing, a medical man of the psychic school, made a more thorough study of her at Paris in 1911, and he had little difficulty in showing that she was fraudulent..." (Joseph McCabe, Spiritualism: a Popular History from 1847, p. 225). Imoda's study relied on photographic evidence gathered during a series of one hundred séances at the palais of the Marquise de Ruspoli, during which multiple cameras were deployed. A diagram and photograph in the first chapter, which describe the house, document t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [United States]
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