George Allen & Unwin, 1927. Item #2814
DU POTET DE SENNEVOY, Baron. MAGNETISM AND MAGIC. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., . 12mo., decorative black cloth; 154 pages, with six-page publisher's catalogue at the end. A translation by A.H.E. Lee of "La Magie Devoilee." Du Potet de Sennevoy, Baron Jules Denis (1796-1881) was a leading exponent of animal magnetism in nineteenth-century France, familiar with the whole range of paranormal phenomena that later figured prominently in Spiritualism. Du Potet began his experiments in 1821 and recorded his experiences in "Le Propagateur du Magnetisme Animal," a journal founded in 1827. In the "Journal de Megnetisme", which was founded in 1845, and continued until 1861 and was subsequently revived by Hector Durvile. He claimed to have discovered in animal magnetism "the magic of antiquity." Apports, fire resistance, levitation of the human body and spirit communications were frequently observed and studied by him. On a visit to England he introduced Dr. John Elliotson, the first exponent of animal magnetism in Great Britain, to the phenomena. Over the years he wrote a number of books that kept the issue of animal magnetism alive in France. Very Good (little wear & few light smudges covers, little browning & light foxing endpapers but text is nice). $400.00.