PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION IN ANIMAL MAGNETISM, by J.P.F. Deleuze - 1879

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Practical Instruction in Animal Magnetism

by J.P.F. Deleuze

translated by Thomas C. Hartshorn

Revised Edition. New York: Samuel R. Wells & Co., 1879.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Handsome antiquarian binding features burgundy cloth boards with beautiful gilt illustration on front, as well as gilt lettering on spine and blind-tooling on both covers.
  • Book displays mild commensurate aging and wear, mostly to exterior.
  • Boards display gentle edgewear with some fraying and exposed boards at head corners, and gentle bumping at foot corners. 
  • Back cover is faded along head edge, 0.75" maximum into board. (See photos)
  • Spine displays light overall rubbing and fading, with softened and rubbed ends.
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Front pastedown shows a blue ink mark at head corner. (See photos)
  • Front endpaper has a small tear and chip along head edge. (See photos)
  • Interior displays minor overall toning.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges are a little dusty along head, and display mild scattered foxing.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191023

524 pages. 5.25 x 7.75 inches.

Handsome antiquarian binding features blind-tooled red cloth covers with gilt illustration on front, as well as gilt lettering and lines on rounded spine. 

Includes a publisher's preface and a translator's preface, as well as two appendices with notes. Introduction features a biography of the author. Also includes a page of publisher's ads for health books.

This exceptional volume is a reference on an antiquated medical specialty, sometimes known as mesmerism, the science of animal magnetism for curing illnesses and other physical as well as physiological disorders. The author, a recognized authority on the subject, approaches the various situations and cases in which magnetism can be used as a healing force, and details the work of the magnetizer from both sides: that of the patient and that of the magnetizer. It will be found to be a reliable reference both on the work of a magnetizer, and on the causes and manifestations of the various illnesses it can treat. 

Joseph-Philippe-François Deleuze (1753-1835) was an 18th–19th-century French naturalist. He was a leading advocate of animal magnetism in France, a follower of Puysegur, who began to investigate animal magnetism in 1785. This work is considered one of the most important popular manuals for the practice of animal magnetism.

EDITION POINTS: "Revised Edition, with an Appendix of Notes by the Translator, and Letters from Eminent Physicians, and others, descriptive of Cases in the United States."


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