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COATES, James.

Human Magnetism,

or how to hypnotise. A practical handbook for students of mesmerism. With ten plates sowing induction of phenomena experimental and curative.

London: George Redway, 1897 Stock Code: 147254
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First edition of Coates detailed and highly popular work on hypnosis in which he remarks the practice of inducing a hypnotic and mesmeric state are one and the same. This richly illustrated edition is now notably uncommon.

James Coates was a Scottish psychical researcher and practitioner of medical magnetism, who, after the death of his wife, claimed to be especially skilled in spirit photography. He published the results of his experiments in the area in Photographing the Invisible in 1911. As well as publishing on hypnotism, mesmerism, and spiritualism Coates also issued works on phrenology and mind-reading. His works were reviewed and advertised often in Light, a popular spiritualist journal for "psychical, occult, and mystical research".

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in gilt, single rule frame and central vignette to front board in blind, top edge red.


Frontispiece and 9 photographic plates.


Ownership inscription of Arthur Hatfield Moody to front free endpaper. Slight rubbing to spine ends and joints, cloth a little marked, light foxing to book block edges, faint offsetting to endpapers, gutter at title page just starting, book block holding firm; a very good copy.


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