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Magic, Witchcraft, and Animal Magnetism

by J.C. Colquhoun

A very scarce 19th century two volume set with professionally replaced spines. Author J.C. Colquhoun, something of an enigmatic figure, presents us with an historical examination of magic and mysticism by drawing from early examples present in India, Persia and ancient Greece. Following this he then proceeds along the course of development to demonstrate how these traditions have influenced European intellectuals working within the fields of theology, philosophy, mysticism, and the application of these acquired principles to the fields of psychology and medicine, namely by Franz Mesmer and frequent correspondent, James Braid. Of interest is the preface itself where the author lays the groundwork for his work by addressing the state of science and philosophy during the 19th century, as it relates to the rigid epistemology of the age. Volume I, 326 pages. Volume 2, 316 pages. Each volume measures 5" by 8".

Of note: the pastedowns bare bookplates that ascribe the volumes to the personal library of James Aitken Meigs, M.D. which were later donated to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. In his time, James Aitken Meigs was active in the fields of medicine, anatomy and biology and lightly touched on anthropology.

Published by Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. London, UK. 1851

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • The spines have been professionally replaced with the original spine remaining intact.
  • Overall, this two volume set is in exceptional condition with each volume being carefully maintained, bearing only the signs of gentle aging and light wear.
  • Both volumes show dark stains to the boards, most prominently to the front and rear boards of Volume I while Volume II bear lighter, less appreciable stains.
  • The corners are lightly worn with partially exposed boards.
  • Volume I shows light rippling to the lower portion of the finish of the front board.
  • Volume I shows tearing along the inner margins of the title page with light cracking to the front hinge.
  • Volume I shows a small strip, measuring .25" missing from the spine edge.
  • Regarding both volumes: the textblocks, firmly bound though pliant, have been carefully maintained with the interiors showing vibrant, legible text on clean, lightly age toned leafs.
  • Regarding both volumes: the front pastedowns bear two plates, that of the Traveler's Library and that of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia with an additional plate to the rear pastedowns and a small sticker to the lower left corner of the pastedown of Volume I and the pastedowns bear writing in pencil to the upper left corner.
  • Regarding both volumes: the half title page bears handwriting in ink while the title page bears a library stamp.
  • While the binding is secure, the rear hinge of Volume I is lightly cracked though this appears to effect only this portion of the pastedown and not the board itself.
  • No writing, highlighting, underlining or unintentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • JS0170424

A brief reflection on the life of James Aitken Meigs in light of his death.

- Biographical Sketch of James Aitken Meigs

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Subject: Science & Medicine
Topic: European
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Cloth
Publisher: Longman Brown Green & Longmans
Place of Publication: London UK
Year Printed: 18510000
Author: J.C. Colquhoun
Region: Europe
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
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