PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH - 1945-1949, Volume 48
Book Details + Condition: Society for Psychical Research (London). First Edition, 1945. Seven (7) original softcover volumes comprising most of Volume 48: August 1945 (Part 170); June 1946 (Part 172); May 1947 (Part 173); December 1947 (Part 174); July 1948 (Part 175); April 1949 (Part 176); and Appendix to Part 176 (September 1949). Appears to be missing one or two of the parts to this volume. Illustrated. Contents of these parts include: Coin Spinning; Telepathy and Clairvoyance Reconsidered; Paranormal Cognition; Willed Die-Throwing; ESP Experiments; Normal and "Paranormal" Psychology; Forecasts and Precognition; and much 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; 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.