Book Details + Condition: Scarce edition from 1869 of the Spiritualist work, THE PRINCIPLES OF NATURE, HER DIVINE REVELATIONS AND A VOICE TO MANKIND. By Andrew Jackson Davis. Large thick octavo (786 pages) with original black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Davis (1826-1910) was a renowned American spiritualist and prophet, who was immensely influential in the history of Spiritualism, particularly with regard to the merging of psychically obtained revelations with religious principles, and his thoughts on afterdeath realms, which were adopted by many later Spiritualists. For 15 months, commencing in 1846 - he dictated his first book: "The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and A Voice to Mankind" based on revelations from a higher state. He went on to write over 30 books. In overall good condition: Cloth rubbed with chipping and loss at corners, spine ends and edges and small split at top of front (cloth) hinge. Front blank endpaper removed; front pastedown has private library bookplate and owner's name (etc). Both endpapers scarred, probably from the removal of a protective paper cover that had been heavily taped to them. Tears to rear endpaper. Some bleeding from the frontispiece to title page (despite tissue guard); ink spot to fore-ege of last forty leaves (not really bleeding into text).