FACTS AND MYSTERIES OF SPIRITISM
Book Details + Condition: Thomas W. Hartley & Co. (Philadelphia, PA). First Edition, 1885. Very scarce. Hardcover. 378 pages. Book by Joseph Hartman on Spiritism, a branch of Spiritualism, in which the author investigates Spiritism's tenets from a perspective of personal experience. Subtitled, "Learned by seven years' experience and investigation," this volume also includes a "sequel" to the main work. From the Preface: "The facts of Spiritism are of two classes and have two aspects. Those heretofore published have generally possessed the seductive fascination that surrounds mystery, and have been represented as harmless, elevating, and spiritualizing. The author was conducted through the open portals into the chambers of 'mystic lights,' and then beyond into the dismal shades of Tartarus and the foul atmospheres of the abyss. If the horrors of these regions were ever before experienced, the fact has never to our knowledge been recorded. Since every investigator desires to understand the "basic principles" underlying every new phenomenon, the author is impelled to disclose important facts divulged to him; and these facts are understated rather than exaggerated. Nor does he shrink from the censure or odium which some may heap upon him for his temerity in undertaking to investigate these mysteries and publish the facts." Cloth cover with embossed gilt lettering to spine. Firm and clean copy of a very scarce work, with tight binding; rubbed corners and edges; wear to original boards, with some mottling / discoloration present; interior is clean and free of markings.