Spiritual Communications and the Comfort They Bring: by the Disembodied Spirit of Charles Dickens through a Melbourne Medium - No.1. Charles DICKENS, "the spirit of"

Spiritual Communications and the Comfort They Bring: by the Disembodied Spirit of Charles Dickens through a Melbourne Medium - No.1.

Melbourne, Australia: Printed by Chas. Troedel, 1873. First Edition. Softcover. Pamphlet. 4.5" wide x 7" high. 8pp. Original printed wrappers. An extremely scarce Australian booklet presenting several short texts supposedly received from "the disembodied Spirit" of Charles Dickens through a Melbourne medium. Whilst Dickens had apparently not been a believer in Spiritualism during his corporeal life - at least he had no qualms about mocking mediums he took to be frauds - he had evidently had a posthumous change of heart, and the sentiments expressed in his message are typical of those rather saccharine communications "received" by many spiritual mediums of the time. Perhaps to explain this change of heart, Dickens helpfully provided a Preface, in which he explained: "Dear, dear Readers, since I have lived in Summer-land, I have seen great wonders, and wished that I could convey them to earth, feeling that it would be not only a benefit to the rising generation, but a comfort to those that are travelling their last road." The publisher evidently had hopes of producing a series of the booklets, for on the front wrapper is printed: "These pamphlets will be published the first day of each month, to be had at all the stationers and booksellers in Melbourne Next month being Christmas-month, the next pamphlet will be entitled, 'Christmas Stories by the Spirit of Charles Dickens.'" For reasons unknown (perhaps Dickens decided he had expired all his literary talent in his worldly life?) neither this, or any other pamphlets in the projects series, seem to have appeared. Wrappers a little rubbed, else a clean near-Fine copy. Item #44288

Price: $125.00

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