A. J. Davis (1850) The Principles of Nature – Poughkeepsie Seer/Clairvoyant

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Davis, Andrew Jackson “the Clairvoyant”. The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations and a Voice to Mankind. (New York, S.S. Lyon and Wm. Fishbough, 1850)

Octavo. xxii, [1], 766 pages plus 2 pages adv. Hardcover (original publisher’s cloth). Bound in brown cloth-covered boards, stamped in blind and gilt.

Condition: VG. Rebacked well with original spine cover placed over the rebind. Corners worn through. Endpapers replaced.  Overall a nicely repaired copy of a usually tattered edition.  Foxing and staining. Stamp for Wisdom’s Goldenrod, LTD, a Philosophic group in Hector, NY

Andrew Jackson Davis (August 11, 1826 – January 13, 1910) was an American Spiritualist, born in Blooming Grove, New York.

… In 1843 he heard lectures in Poughkeepsie on animal magnetism, the precursor of hypnotism, and came to perceive himself as having remarkable clairvoyant powers. In the following year he received, he said, spiritual messages telling him of his life work.  He described himself as “the Poughkeepsie Seer”.

…he practiced magnetic healing, a form of therapy regarded as pseudoscience, and in 1847 he published The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind, which in 1845 he had dictated while in a trance to his scribe, William Fishbough. He lectured with little success and returned to writing books, publishing about 30 in all…