Williams & Norgate, 1892. Item #2871
KING, John H. THE SUPERNATURAL: ITS ORIGIN, NATURE, AND EVOLUTION. Two Volumes. London: Williams & Norgate, 1892. 8vos., original green cloth with gilt titles on spine. First Edition. King, an American anthropologist, suggests that religion and magic evolved as an attempt by primitive man to bring some control over the unfathomable natural forces that seemed to control life. The book discusses the concepts of the supernatural and soul, of spirits and ghosts, that can arise through dreams and hallucinations, and from them comes the idea of Gods. King examines a large amount of material on the history of religion. Very Good (minor discoloration covers else nice & bright; contents clean & tight with browning to the endpapers; armorial bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume). $150.00.