[ Art Magic Spiritism ] Art Magic, or the Mundane, Sub-mundane and Super-Mundane Spiritism; A Treatise in Three Parts and Twenty - Three Sections, Descriptive of Art Magic, Spiritism, The Different Orders of Spirits in the Universe Known to be Related to, or in Communication with Man; Together with Directions for Invoking, Controlling, and Discharging Spirits, and the Uses Abuses, Dangers and Possibilities of Magical Art

Chicago, IL: Progressive Thinker Publishing House, 1898. Reprint. Hardcover. Octavo, 366pp + 2pp publisher's catalog. Original black cloth with silver title and price to spine, blind rules, printed endpapers, b&w illustrations. A reprint of the first edition published in 1876. One of the best known works associated with Emma Hardinge Britten (1823-1899). The book itself is a curious overview of occult and religious practices, from ancient Egypt to the (then) contemporary Spiritualist literature of Andrew Jackson Davis, although with a particular focus on mediaeval evocatory and theurgical texts, the Cabala, and magic in general. Many suspect that Britten wrote the work herself, although she claimed only to have edited it, and seemed to imply that it had actually been written by one 'Chevalier Louis de B------,' an Adept who she also suggested had introduced her to a highly select and secretive occult fraternity called the 'Orphic Society.' Cloth lightly rubbed, corners and spine ends lightly bumped and well chafed, snag to cloth at lower edge of rear board, modern bookplate on pastedown, endpapers splitting a bit at inner hinges (hinges solid), pages quite browned but text unmarked. Overall a solid, clean VG copy. Scarce. Item #61675

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