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A correct statement of the circumstances that attended the last illness and death of Mrs. Southcott. With an account of the appearances exhibited on Dissection; and the Artifices that were employed to deceive her medical attendants.
Sherwood Neely & Jones [1815], Leeds, England - Hardcover. Octavo. viii + 108pp. Attractive later binding (circa 1900): half leather with gilt titles on spine, marbled boards. Top-edge-gilt. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper. An important account of the final days, death, and autopsy of the self-styled mystic and prophet Joanna Southcott (1750 – 1814). It was written by Richard Reece, an eminent physician who was called in to confirm her supposed pregnancy (she claimed to be pregnant with the new Messiah, the Shiloh of Genesis 49:10) in August 1814, thereby inadvertently embroiling himself in a controversy that lasted well past her death several months later. With the bookplate of Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847 - 1916), the British author, book-collector and barrister, who is best known for his part in the legal defense of Ahmed Orabi after the failure of the Urabi Revolt and for his historical studies, which included "The history of Freemasonry in the District of Malta." A short form of the book's title has been written on the first blank in a neat, contemporary hand, and there is a short note, of similar vintage and tidiness, in the bottom margin of p. 96. Extremities rubbed, first blank, title-page and some edges somewhat dust-darkened, else a solid, VG or better copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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