1936-37 SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - OCCULT PSYCHIC HYPNOTISM TRANCE ESP
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - 1936-1937, Volume 44
Book Details + Condition: Society for Psychical Research (London). First Edition, 1936-37. Hardcover. Split into two parts, each being 326 pages, with Indices to rear of each section. Please note - both sections appear identical, so perhaps a binding error occurred. Illustrated, and includes fold-out charts and graphs. Scarce first edition, original copy of PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH from 1936-37. Publisher's original green cloth boards with gilt title, etc. to spine. Contents of this volume include: Research in Extra-Sensory Perception; Trance Personalities; Supernormal Faculty and the Structure of the Mind; and much more. Notable contributing authors include: Oliver Lodge; Gerald Heard; 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 edges; light shelf wear; 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.