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The Philosophy of Animal Magnetism, Together With the System of Manipulation Adopted to Produce Ecstacy and Somnambulism - the Effects and the Rationale
Merrihew & Gunn, Philadelphia, 1837. First Edition. Hardcover (Printed Boards). Fair Condition/No Dust Jacket. A GENTLEMAN OF PHILADELPHIA (Edgar Allan Poe?). The Philosophy of Animal Magnetism, Together With the System of Manipulation Adopted to Produce Ecstacy and Somnambulism - the Effects and the Rationale, Philadelphia: Merrihew & Gunn, 1837. 12mo, first edition, pp. 84, printed boards, ex-library with library bookplate on front pastedown, call numbers on copyright page. "Animal magnetism" here is a form of mesmerism, not a psychic thing but more like electricity, an invisible but real force that can be used to manipulate the human mind and body for the good. This book was attributed to Edgar Allan Poe in a 1928 book by Joseph Jackson, for which Jackson has received considerable blowback. It is scarce, unrecorded by any of Poe's major bibliographers or Worldcat. It is also an occult rarity, not known to Caillet. As for the Poe connection, I am agnostic. On the one hand, mesmerism was right in Poe's wheelhouse, and the pseudonym would have been typical of Poe. On the other, there really isn't any solid proof or testimony. Condition of this book: Internal staining and foxing, nothing offensive. Sticker ghosts and stains to boards. The binding is very weak, with the backstrip off, so repairs are probably necessary here -- buyer's choice. Size: 12mo. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; United States; 19th century; Magic, Paranormal & Occult. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 53296. .
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