The Power of Silence.
An Interpretation of Life in its Relation to Health and Happiness.Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1895 Stock Code: 117970
Presentation copyFirst edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "Mrs I. S. Hackett with best wishes of Horatio W. Dresser May 31st 1895". This is the New Thought religious leader's first book: "it is a chapter from life, an appeal to life, and aims to give the thing itself, so far as possible, instead of talking about it" (pp. 11-12). It was extremely popular and had been printed in 15 editions by 1903. At the time Dresser was studying alongside William James, Josiah Royce, and others as part of Harvard's department of philosophy; he would become a close friend of James's, and much of James's knowledge of the New Thought movement - which he called "the religions of health-mindedness" in his seminal work, Varieties of Religious Experience - stemmed from Dresser.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, black endpapers, top edge gilt.
Contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, some neat pencil annotations to contents.
Minor rubbing to extremities, spine ends slightly bumped, boards a little scuffed, hinges cracked but firm, a very good copy.
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