New York: Privately printed, 1876.
Hardcover. An admittedly worn but still handsome 1876 early printing of this scarce book on spiritism by the trance clairvoyant and spirit medium Emma Hardinge Britten and her husband, both early advocates for the Modern Spiritualist Movement. A clairvoyant from a young age, according to her autobiography, while still a child, Emma Hardinge was involved in a secret London occult society. As an adult in New York City, she became a founding member of the New York Theosophical Society and became influential in the American Spiritualist Movement as well. She is credited with defining the seven principles of Spiritualism which remain in use today by major Spiritualist congregations in the U.S. and U.K. This work of William and Emma Hardinge Britten forms a treatise in three parts on art magic, natural magic, modern spiritualism, the different orders of spirits in the universe known to be related to or in communication with man, together with directions for invoking, controlling, and discharging spirits, and the uses and abuses, dangers and possibilities, of magical art, and comes illustrated in a frontispiece, 3 plates, and several vignettes and figures throughout.
9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 467pp. Presents nicely in protective archival dust jacket. Bound in full brown cloth over beveled boards, with floral decorations in black to boards and spine, title in gilt to upper board and spine. Heavy wear to binding, with open tears to edges and extremities, including exterior front hinge and head and tail of spine, and light soiling and faint staining to cloth. Small ink stain to fore-edge. Inner hinges repaired. Brown coated endpapers. Binding is firm and sound. Stamp of the Society of Jesus of Albuquerque, New Mexico in purple ink to title page. Faint dampstains to edges of text-block, very occasionally intruding into margin of pages within. Pages are generally clean and unmarked, with only occasional spot of soiling. Illustrated in 4 plates and several vignettes and figures throughout. Fair. Item #10753