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P3A. Bligh Bond, F, The Gate of Remembrance, 1918, 4th edition, Blackwell 1921, 8vo, brown cloth with black titles to spine and illustration to front board, 16 + 196pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 5 plates and folding plan; an account of the excavations and subsequent archaeological discoveries at Glastonbury abbey by the author. Bond used the psychic impressions gained from the dead monks of the abbey through the mediumship of John Alleyne as a basis for his excavations, although when his controversial methods were revealed, Bond was relieved of his work by the authorities, despite impressive results. This edition contains additional material to earlier editions, namely that of the finding of the Loretto chapel in 1919. Trivial rubbing to spine ends and corners, a couple of minor marks to rear cover. End papers foxed, light foxing to a few leaves, text tight and largely clean. Near very good £18

P4BPB. Braddon, R, The Piddingtons, 1st edition, Werner Laurie 1950, 8vo, red cloth with black titles to spine, 238pp including index + a frontispiece and 8pp plates; the controversial story of the psychic impressions and investigations of Sydney and Leslie Piddington during the 1940s that largely concerned the final part of the second world war; fading to spine panel and edges of boards, a few minor soil marks to cloth, previous owner’s initials and number to front end paper, together with remains of label and trace of removal including a tear with small loss at foot, edges of text block darkened and soiled, neat highlighting to a couple of pages otherwise text clean and tight, a good, approaching good + overall copy £3.50

P4BBC. Broad, C.D, Lectures on Psychical Research, 1st edition, R.K.P 1962, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 450pp including indices; a series of lectures on trance-mediumship and telepathy, incorporating the Perrott lectures given at Cambridge university during 1959 and 1960; ex lib, file numbers to spine and foot of title page , stamps and traces of labels to rear end papers, a couple of soil marks to front board, light rubbing to spine ends, corners, and edges in places, spotting to end papers, text clean and tight, good + overall £6

P4BBB. Bruce, R, Practical Psychic Self-Defense, 1st edition, Hampton Roads 8vo pbk. 2002, 18 + 334pp including index; a practical guide to understanding unseen forces and protecting against them; faint reading creases to spine, minor bumping to corners, internally and externally clean and tight, very good £5

P4BEB. Butler, W.E, How to Develop Clairvoyance, 1st edition, Aquarian Press Cr8vo pbk. 1968, 64pp, a concise but sound practical guide from the Paths to Inner Power series. An unusually nice copy, spine glue beginning to dry out, but still a very good clean copy with no loose pages £3

P4BBD. Burt, C, Psychology and Psychical Research, 1st edition, Society for Psychical Research 8vo pbk. 1968, 109pp; the text of the 17th F.W Myers memorial lecture; a few minor crease marks to edges of covers, neat highlighting to a very few pages otherwise a very good clean tight copy £3.50

P6B. Downes, W, The Haunted Colchester Area, 1st edition, privately published 1992, 8vo, stapled card covers, 60pp, with illustrations in the text; a collection of true ghost stories and mysteries in the area around Colchester in Essex. Faint rubbing to edges of covers in places, internally clean and tight, very good + £5

P07. Dubin, R.P, Telecult Power: the Amazing New Way to Psychic and Occult Wonders, 1970, 1st U.K edition, 3rd printing, A Thomas & Co. 8vo pbk. 1977, 225pp, with a few illustrations in the text; how to develop and use psychic powers for friends, help, money, etc; spine lightly faded, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight, very good £3.50

P08B. ‘Franquin’, Open Your Mind, 1st edition, Robyn Publications 1950, 8vo, plain red card wraps, 83pp + a frontispiece portrait and 6pp plates; a complete course on hypnotism together with a related chapter on astrology; a couple of minor marks to covers, slight bumping to corners, edges of text block tanned and spotted, minor foxing to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall a good + copy of a scarce item in near good (some wear and creasing to edges, a couple of tears and some small chips, smallish hole to rear panel which is rather soiled) d/w fixed to spine as issued £10

P9D. Hall, T.H, The Spiritualists, 1st edition, Duckworth 1962, 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine, 20 + 188pp including index + a frontispiece and 6pp plates; a fascinating study of the mediumship of  19th century spiritualist Florence Cook, her attendant spirit Katie King, and the scientist who studied her - William Crookes; faint damp soiling to covers (more noticeable on the rear board), minor spotting to edges of text block and end papers, otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a good + and internally much better copy in near very good (light wear to edges with a few tiny chips and small closed tear to foot of front outer fold) d/w £20

P010. Haynes, R, The Hidden Springs, 1st edition, Hollis & Carter 1961, 8vo, advance copy in plain blue cloth, 268pp including index + a frontispiece and 8pp plates; a classic study of extra-sensory perception by a member of the S.P.R, including  material on telepathy, time displacement, telekinesis, dowsing, levitation, etc; light rubbing to corners and spine ends, light tanning to edges of text block, ownership stamp to front paste-down, ‘advance dummy copy only’ stamp to front end paper otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy in near very good (light soiling to rear panel with one short closed tear, top edge rubbed and a little creased) d/w £5

P12B. Iremonger, L, The Ghosts of Versailles, 1957, White Lion 1975, 8vo, tan cloth with gilt titles to spine, 313pp including index + 15 plates; a critical study of the Versailles ‘time slip’ case experienced by two women in 1904 who first published their experiences as An Adventure in 1911. Minor creasing to spine ends, faint browning to end papers, ink notes by a previous owner to rear end papers, crease to corner of one leaf, text and covers clean and tight, a very good copy of this uncommon title in near very good (a little light rubbing and wear to edges in places, slight creasing to top edge) d/w £10

P14B. Lethbridge, T.C, The Monkey's Tail: A Study in Evolution and Parapsychology, 1st edition, R.K.P 1969, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 142pp including index, with illustrations in text; a refutation of Darwin's theory of evolution based on the author's investigations in E.S.P and parapsychology. Trivial soiling to edges of text block otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a near fine copy of this increasingly uncommon title in very good (edges lightly rubbed in places, some occasional light soiling) d/w £25