London: Cassell, 1926. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. xiv, 342 + vii, 342  pp. With frontispieces in both volumes + 14 full-page plates. Original blue cloth, original dust-jackets. Text and jackets inexplicably FOXED (see images), but the paper is strong and free of all markings / stamps; jackets unchipped and without any tears or repairs; bindings blemished but quite sound, and hinges perfect. With stated faults, and priced accordingly. NOT ex-library! Good / Good. Item #3390
Still confounding book of "PSYCHIC FACTS," being the definitive history of Spiritualism by the creator of the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Contains biographies of famous mediums; first developments of Spiritualism in America; researches of Sir William Crookes; methods of intercommunication between the living and the dead; accounts of specific incidents; spirit photography and making moulds of "spirit forms"; religious aspects of Spiritualism; and much more.
From Doyle's Preface: "This work has grown from small disconnected chapters into a narrative which covers in a way the whole history of the Spiritualistic movement. This genesis needs some little explanation. I had written certain studies with no particular ulterior object save to gain myself, and to pass on to others, a clear view of what seemed to me to be important episodes in the modern spiritual development of the human race. These included the chapters on Swedenborg, on Irving, on A. J. Davis, on the Hydesville incident, on the history of the Fox sisters, on the Eddys and on the life of D. D. Home. These were all done before it was suggested to my mind that I had already gone some distance in doing a fuller history of the Spiritualistic movement than had hitherto seen the light -- a history which would have the advantage of being written from the inside and with intimate personal knowledge of those factors which are characteristic of this modern development."