Book is an ex library edition with the standard library markings in very good.
New York: Lyon and Fishbough, 1847. Thick 8vo. Gold titles on spine. Marbelized paper boards with 3/4 leather. 782 pp. Frontispiece of Davis as a young man, protective tissue. Wear on corners and edges. Outside hinge chipped at top and for 1.5″ on either side of spine. 1″ chuck of leather chipped from top of spine. Endpapers foxed. Bookplate on first free front endpaper. Foxing on protective tissue and title. In general the pages are clean and bright. Front hinge opening, but still strong. The last two pages have inappropriate folds. This is an important book on spiritualism and Andrew Jackson Davis’ first book. Davis, also known as the “Seer of Poughkeepsie” and as a clairvoyant, grew up in poverty at Blooming Grove, a small town on the Hudson River in New York State. He heard voices and showed signs of being a clairvoyant as a young boy. After hearing a lecture on mesmerism, Davis allowed himself to be hypnotized and discovered that in this state he could accurately diagnose medical problems. At the age of 18, he found himself mysteriously in the Catskill Mountains, where he claims to have met the spirits of Emanuel Swedenborg and the philosopher Galen. A year later he was dictating this book, a project which lasted for over 15 months, while in a trance state. The book includes testimony from witnesses who knew Davis as a boy and conclude that with his poor education there is no way he could have written it without some kind of inspiration from elsewhere. Davis is considered the first of the religious founders who claimed he spoke to the spirits of the dead. Size: 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall