1921-1922 SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - OCCULT MEDIUMS PSYCHIC SPIRITS SEANCE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - 1921-1922, Volume 32
Book Details + Condition: Robert MacLehose & Company (Glasgow, Scotland). First Edition, 1922. Three (3) original softcover volumes comprising Volume 32: July 1921 (Part LXXXII); July 1921 (Part LXXXIII); January 1922 (Part LXXXIV). Total pagination: 384 pp. Illustrated. Contents of this volume include: (Seance) Sittings with Mrs. Leonard; Problems of Hypnotism; Phenomena of Stigmatization; The Modus Operandi in So-called Mediumistic Trance; and more. Please see our other listings for more first editions of THE SOCIETY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, as well as information about the organization below. Light wear to original softcovers, with fading / discoloration to extremities; top right corner of one volume is dog-eared (as are pages therein); some old warping to pages in one volume; 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.