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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

P06. Conan Doyle, A, The Wanderings of a Spiritualist, 1st edition, Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1921), 8vo, charcoal cloth with gilt titles to spine, 317pp + a frontispiece and 12 plates, with 2pp publisher’s advertisements, previous owner’s book plate to front end paper; a personal account of Conan Doyle’s travels around Australia from 1920 to 1921, most of which was spent investigating spiritualism and Theosophy. A few minor marks to cloth, spine darkened, end papers lightly browned, some occasional medium foxing throughout, overall still a good + tight copy of the scarce true first issue £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

P8D. Green, A, Ghosts of Today, 1st edition, Kaye & Ward 1980,  Cr8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 20 + 209pp, with photographs in the text.  A collection of well over 400 hauntings throughout the United Kingdom that had all been witnessed in the 20th century. Fine in near fine d/w £6

P9C. Hall, T, The Strange Case of Edmund Gurney, 1st edition, Duckworth 1964, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 34 + 219pp including index + a frontispiece and 6 plates; seminal study of the life, work, and strange death of one of the leading founder members of the Society for Psychical Research. A couple of minor marks to cloth, edges of text block spotted, slightly affecting the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy of the increasingly uncommon first issue in near very good (some light wear to edges in places,  a couple of closed tears, rear panel a little soiled) d/w £18

P010. Haynes, R, The Hidden Springs, 1961, Hutchinson 8vo pbk. 1973, 264pp including index + a frontispiece and 8pp plates. A classic study of extra-sensory perception by a member of the S.P.R, includes material on telepathy, time displacement, telekinesis, dowsing, levitation, etc. Faint crease to rear cover, minor spots to half-title, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good £2.50

P10A. Hippisley Coxe, A.D, Haunted Britain, 1st edition, Hutchinson  tall 8vo pbk. 1973, 216pp including maps and index, with many illustrations in the text (some coloured). A popular overview of hauntings in England, Scotland and Wales. Covers a little grubby and edge worn, contents clean and tight. Good + £1

P14EE. MacHovec, F.J, ESP and other Psychic Phenomena, 1st edition, Peter pauper Press 1973, Cr8vo, printed boards, 61pp. A short study of clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition and psychokinesis. Light soiling to edges of text block and edges of boards, internally clean and tight. Very good £3.50

PM14. Maple, E, The Realm of Ghosts, 1964, Pan pbk. 1971, 220pp including index + 8pp plates. An examination of the realm of ghosts, including the cult of the dead, connections with paganism, etc. Crease to upper corner of rear cover, margins lightly browned, text clean and tight. Very good - £2