ZOISTIC MAGNETISM, by William Scoresby - 1849 [1st Ed]
ZOISTIC MAGNETISM by William Scoresby 1849 Scarce 1st Edition Mesmerism
Zoistic Magnetism, being the substance of two lectures, descriptive of original views and investigations respecting this mysterious agency
by William Scoresby
William Scoresby (1789-1857) was a seasoned pastor when this book was published. His early years included scientific studies at Edinburgh University, as well as decades in the family business as a whaler. His observations while sailing near the poles, as well as personal experiments, convinced him that animal and human bodies could indeed be influenced by magnetism. Current thinking labels this type of practice as a form of hypnosis.
Mesmerism, also called Animal Magnetism, was more than a popular theory in the 19th century: it was an important specialty in medicine for about 75 years. As a well-schooled and experienced man, Scoresby's writings played an influential role in the thinking of the time. ZOISTIC MAGNETISM is believed to have influenced the fields of hypnotism, positive thinking, psychotherapy and even spiritual healing. 144 pages. 6 x 9 inches.
VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION. Publishing Info: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London. 1849
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.
- Black boards have blind tooling, with gilt on spine.
- Binding is tight and secure.
- Pages are free of marginalia and underlining.
- Gilt is lightly scuffed.
- Boards have some scuffing and staining, as well as bumped corners and cracks at shoulders. (Boards are scuffed, but darker than our photos taken in a sun-filled store.)
- Book appears to have been professionally rebound with original boards, as the pastedowns and endpapers are a bright yellow paper without notable signs of age.
- First five pages have some light staining to the inside margins, with lesser staining to the bottom edge of later pages.
- Interior pages are lightly tanned with minor signs of age and wearing (minimal foxing, ocassional smudge, et al)
- Top of title page has stamped block letter and numbers
- Some pages at back as yet uncut from original printing.
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