The Extraordinary Affliction, and Gracious Relief of a Little Boy; Supposed to be the Effects of Spiritual Agency, Carefully examined, and faithfully narrated; with Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the curious arts of Superstition [bound with] Further Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the Curious Arts. James HEATON.
The Extraordinary Affliction, and Gracious Relief of a Little Boy; Supposed to be the Effects of Spiritual Agency, Carefully examined, and faithfully narrated; with Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the curious arts of Superstition [bound with] Further Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the Curious Arts.
The Extraordinary Affliction, and Gracious Relief of a Little Boy; Supposed to be the Effects of Spiritual Agency, Carefully examined, and faithfully narrated; with Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the curious arts of Superstition [bound with] Further Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the Curious Arts.

The Extraordinary Affliction, and Gracious Relief of a Little Boy; Supposed to be the Effects of Spiritual Agency, Carefully examined, and faithfully narrated; with Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the curious arts of Superstition [bound with] Further Observations on Demonic Possession and Animadversions on some of the Curious Arts.

Plymouth & Frome: For the Author, 1822. Second Edition, Improved & Enlarged & First Edition. Hardcover. 2 Vols in One. Small octavo. viii + 156pp. + 114pp. Beautiful half-leather craft binding by renowned London book-binder, Bernard C. Middleton. Half brown leather over marbled papered boards, raised bands & gilt titles & decorations on spine. Marbled endpapers. A famous account of supposed Demonic possession, which took place in Plymouth (England) in 1820. It centred on a 10 year old boy, John Evens, who was said to exhibit all the symptoms of a Biblical demoniac, having fits, dancing convulsively, speaking in different voices, and apparently relaying the utterances of a demon. After medical intervention (bleeding and blistering!) failed a Methodist minister, James Heaton, was called in and undertook two exorcisms, apparently with success. Heaton first published an account of the case, under the title "The Demon Expelled [etc.]" in Plymouth in 1820. The book attracted considerable attention, and some criticism, which the author addressed in a greatly expanded second edition, which was released, re-titled as "The Extraordinary Affliction, and Gracious Relief of a Little Boy" in 1822 (i.e. the first book within this volume). That same year Heaton also published his "Further Observations on Demonic Possession and Animad versions on some of the Curious Arts," a work in which he explores other accounts of possession (mostly Biblical), "The Scriptural Mode of Expelling Demons" etc. etc. The two works are here bound together. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his handwritten name & ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the second front blank page. Top-edge-gilt. Tiny pinhole & small black mark slightly affecting the word "Affliction" on the title-page,of the first volume. Thumb-print sized lightly discolored patch at bottom of second title-page (offsetting onto facing blank), minor foxing to edges of several pages, else tight, clean & complete in VG+ condition. Item #49469

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