1901-03 SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - OCCULT SPIRITS MEDIUMS TRANCE HYPNOTISM
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - 1901-03, Volume 17
Book Details + Condition: R. Brimley Johnson (London). First Edition, 1903. Hardcover. 468 pages, with Index to rear. Illustrated. Scarce first edition, original copy of PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH from 1901-03. Publisher's original green cloth boards with gilt title, etc. to spine. Contents of this volume include: Reports on Sittings with Mrs. Thompson; Dreams and Their Meanings; Experiments in Hypnotism; Trance Phenomena; Will Power; and much more. Notable authors include Sir Oliver Lodge, Andrew Lang; Frank Podmore; and others. Please see our other listings for more first editions of THE SOCIETY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, as well as information about the organization below. Firm binding; rubbed corners and spine ends; old water damage to top corners of front & back, as well as old water markings to first and last few pages (as well as to inside boards); book has slight lean; text is clean and free of markings.
The Society for Psychical Research was created in 1882, with Henry Sidgwick serving as its first president. Its stated purpose was to apply scientific methods to the investigation of psychic phenomena and the paranormal. Areas of study included hypnotism, dissociation, thought-transference, mediumship, spirit possession, apparitions and haunted houses and the physical phenomena associated with séances. The SPR were the first to introduce a number of neologisms which have entered the English language, such as 'telepathy', which was coined by Frederic Myers. Much of the early work involved investigating, exposing and in some cases duplicating fake phenomena. Among its most renowned members were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Price, and William T. Stead.