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P2B. (Bellairs, H), Counsel from the Heavenly Spheres and Thoughts Thereon, by H.B; 1st and only edition, L.N Fowler & Co. 1914, Cr8vo, mauve card wraps with pictorial front cover printed and lettered in dark brown, 131pp, with a foreword by Rev. Arthur Chambers; techniques and advice for better living, self- healing, and the overcoming of life’s obstacles, as psychically received by the author from her ‘heavenly guides’. With a pencil presentation inscription signed ‘from the author’ and dated 1918 in Bellair’s hand to the front end paper. Front cover evenly faded to light brown with faint staining to upper part, spine a little darkened, corners rubbed, some occasional minor spotting internally, stitching a little strained in places, text still relatively solid and largely clean, overall a good approaching good +, rare presentation copy of a very scarce book, (WorldCat only locates six copies) which unlike the author’s other spiritualist works, has not been reprinted £40

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

P4F. Christopher, M, Seers, Psychics and Esp, 1970, 1st British edition, Cassell 1971, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 268pp including index; a study of astrology, Esp, prophecy, though reading, dowsing, fire walking, clairvoyance, mediumship and supernatural phenomena; minor rubbing to spine ends, slight spotting to first few leaves (mainly to lower margins) otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, overall a very good copy in good + (a few minor marks, edges rather worn) d/w £5

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

P6BB. Drayton Thomas, Rev. C, Life Beyond Death with Evidence, 1928, 1st edition, 3rd printing, W. Collins 1930, post 8vo, blue cloth with blind titles to spine, 6 + 296pp, with a full page diagram + 5 plates and an introduction by the late Vicountess Grey of Fallodon; an augment for the post-death survival of the soul backed by book tests and other experiments; spine titles rubbed to blind and very faint, cloth lightly marked in places, rear corners rubbed, front corners and spine ends slightly worn, ownership signature and label to front end paper, edges of text block spotted, minor spots to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall a good + copy of an uncommon early issue £25

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

P7D. Edwards, H, Thirty Years a Spiritual Healer, 1st edition, Herbert Jenkins 1968, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 167pp including index + 4pp plates, foreword by Beverley Nichols, signed by the author tom the front end paper; examples of both private and public psychic healing by the then president of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers; slight spotting to edges of text block otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, uncommon signed,  a very good + copy in very good (lightly rubbed in places with a few minor marks, very slight wear to ends of spine panel) d/w £25

P008C. Goubert, (Professor), Secrets of Hypnotism, 1st and only edition, Ellisdons Cr8vo stapled booklet, 12pp, grey wraps lettered in black; a brief study of various hypnotic methods; faint soiling to covers, faint crease to lower corner of rear cover, staples rusting otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy of an uncommon item £2.50

P08CC. Grattan-Guinness, I, Psychical Research, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 8vo pbk. 1982, 424pp including index, with a few photographs in the text; a guide to the history, principles and methods of the S.P.R in celebration of its first hundred years; covers rather rubbed at edges, reading creases to spine, minor spots to the odd margin, faint diagonal crease marks to first few leaves, some very occasional yellow highlighting, text otherwise clean and tight, good + overall £6

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

P010A. Haynes, R, The Society for Psychical Research: 1882-1982 a History, 1st edition, Macdonald & Co. 1982, 8vo, black cloth with silver titles to spine, 26 + 240pp including index; the standard history of the S.P.R; trivial soiling to edges of text block otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, very good + in near very good (light wear to edges, some faint creasing to laminate layer in places, a few surface marks) d/w £6

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