Item #72209 Two Minds with But a Single Thought. Julius, Agnes Zancig.
Two Minds with But a Single Thought.
Two Minds with But a Single Thought.
Two Minds with But a Single Thought.

Two Minds with But a Single Thought.

London: Paul Naumann, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. 78pp. Original red leather lettered in gilt on spine & front board, rebacked. B/w frontis. B/w photographic plates. All-edges-gilt. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by both authors on verso of frontispiece. The inscription is to "W. H. Stead Esq." but it seems certain that the "H." is an error, and the copy was actually presented to W. T. Stead, as this volume was acquired from an old collection which included a number of books from W. T. Stead's library. Julius Zancig (Julius Jörgensen: 1857–1929) and Agnes Zancig (Agnes Claussen Jörgensen (ca. 1850 - 1916) were stage magicians who also professed to have many of the psychic powers associated with Spiritualism. Their two person mentalist act was advertised under the rubric "Two Minds with But a Single Thought" because of their apparent ability to communicate with each other telepathically. Their show was hugely successful, and was taken by many not only as proof of their own psychic ability, but also as verifying the validitiy of some of the claims of Spiritualism. In fact it transpired their communications were based on a complex code which they practised between them. Julius Zancig finally revealed this in 1926, although it was already known by Harry Houdini who in 1924 wrote that "Mr. Jules Zancig is ... is one of the greatest second-sight artists that magical history records. In my researches for the past quarter of a century I have failed to trace anyone his superior. His system seems to be supreme." The Zancig's wrote a number of books on subjects such as palmistry, card-reading and crystal gazing. "Two Minds with But a Single Thought" is a mixture of autobiography and travelogue, with chapters on "How to Learn Thought Reading", "How Mental Images are Transmitted" as well as "Famous Tests Submitted To" and "Answers to Our Critics." William Thomas Stead (1849 - 1912), was a remarkable English journalist, editor, and social reformer, with a profound belief in the occult and spiritualism on which he wrote voluminously. Stead had witnessed a performance by the Zancigs at the Alhambra Music Hall and wrote a glowing account of and defence of their authenticity in a piece in the December 1906 "Review of Reviews" which was in turn picked up and partially reprinted with additional commentary in the December 22nd issue of the Spiritualist journal "Light." Stead died in the sinking of the Titanic six year later, having first aided other passengers escape the sinking ship, including giving one his life-jacket; as is well known, there were a number of unusual synchronicities between his writings and the sinking of the ship. A genuinely rare book. The few copies that we have been able to trace are in wrappers: this copy is in original leather (leatherette?) boards, and was presumably a "deluxe" edition. Corners of boards rounded and edges rubbed, neatly rebacked with a (matching) plain red leather spine, pages somewhat tanned, otherwise VG. A remarkable association copy of a truly rare book. Item #72209

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