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Saggio di Magnetismo (and) Manuale Practico di Magnetismo. Animal Magnetism, hypnotism, occult
No Publisher, Parigi 1842 - Parigi, 1842. (no publisher). Two volumes in one. First Italian Editions. Octavo, 252 pp+[v]+ 260 pp.; pink cloth, green leather spine, blue speckled page edges. In Italian. Later paper spine label. Stamped seal in Italian on title page. Sunning to extremities, dust & edge wear, corners and spine ends bumped, else VG. Still clean and tightly bound, with high-quality paper leaves which remain undamaged and unfoxed but for light foxing through title page only. Very rare copy of Gauthier's scholarly two-volumes-in-one treatment of Animal Magnetism, in hearty condition, sustainable indefinitely with reasonable care. Animal Magnetism was a term created by German physician Franz Anton Mesmer, the "father of hypnotism", for the force which he believed allowed him to hypnotize his patients: an occult substance or invisible fluid emanating not only from the body but permeating the universe, deriving especially from the stars. Gauthier, according to Crabtree, "was one of the more prolific and competent writers on animal magnetism in the nineteenth century. He had an historically oriented approach to the subject, and, in this, his first book (Saggio, the first half), he traces the precursors of animal magnetism in ancient medicine. He also presents a good summary of the theory and practice of animal magnetism in his own day." Of the second part of this volume, the Manuale, Crabtree says: "A practical manual on animal magnetism written by one of the most highly respected practitioners of the day." Ref: Ad 1 Crabtree no 425 (First French Ed. 1840) and ad 2 Crabtee no 432. L-42n [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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