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SPIRIT LIFE OF THEODORE PARKER, AS NARRATED BY HIMSELF, THROUGH THE MEDIUMSHIP OF MISS ELIZABETH RAMSDELL
Printed for the Author, Boston 1870 - Bound in brown textured cloth with blind rule lines stamped on boards and title in gilt on front board (7 7/8" X 5") 84pp. A scarce first edition in near fine condition that shows very little corner or edge rub, just a bit dusty/dingy at text block edges. Front fly has top right 1 1/4" triangle torn away and previous owners A. A. Fales ? signature on it. The spiritualist movement was born out of dissatisfaction of churches not doing enough to support the rights of the individual, especially when it came to womens rights and slavery. Many early spiritualists who purported to talk to the dead were also women (ie. The Fox Sisters and Cora Scott), this gave them a platform to espouse ideas in a very public forum that would be even more controversial if attributed to themselves. In this volume Miss Parker who was a dress maker from Minn. was channeling the abolitionist, tem free thinking preacher Theodore Parker. Parker who eventually refuted the bible as strict doctrine, beleived that ones relationship with god is personal and individual. He was adamently anti-slavery, publishing an argument "John Browns Expedition Reviewed" , which justified the right of a slave to kill his "owner". He helped found "The Boston Vigilance Committee" which actively hid slaves and refused to send them back to southern owners. A scarce volume as W/C shows only 4 copies of this printing. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Charles Thomas Bookseller]
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