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P14ABB. McMoneagle, J, Mind Trek, 1993, Hampton Roads 8vo pbk. 1997, reprinted, 259pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text + advertisements. An exploration of consciousness, time, and space through remote viewing, by a former member of the U.S army’s Stargate program. Fine £5

P14ACC. Mitchell, G, Developing the Mind with Biofeedback, 1st and only edition, Bija Press 1979, 8vo, stapled buff wraps with colour printed front cover, 46pp, with diagrams in the text; instructions on how to make and use a bilateral psycho-galvanometer for mental development by a qualified electronics engineer; a few minor spots to covers and the odd page, overall still a very good copy of a very scarce item £25

P14O. Nancarrow, S.L, Evidence of Survival: Some Personal Experiences, 1st and only edition, Arthur Stockwell, no date (c.1932), Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 109pp; the results of communications with the other side by a spiritualist circle in Southend on Sea, Essex, between 1887 and 1930; ex lib, minimal trace, just a small ticket pocket and file numbers to front end papers, spine faded and spine lettering dull, corners rubbed, cloth lightly soiled and spotted in places, end papers lightly tanned, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still largely very clean overall; a good, approaching good + overall copy of a very scarce book £18

P018. Peach, E, Things That Go Bump in the Night, 1st edition, Aquarian 8vo pbk. 1991, 172pp. A study of ghosts and apparitions from occult, spiritualist, and parapsychological viewpoints. Ex lib, stamps to title page, lacks front end paper. Scuff mark to spine, covers crease marked. Text clean and tight. A good reading copy £1

P18E. Podmore, F, The Newer Spiritualism, 1st edition, T. Fisher Unwin 1910, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, top edge gilt, 320pp including index; an account of 19th century spiritualism, its exponents and methods, beginning with D.D Home through to the early days of the S.P.R; spine ends, joints and corners rubbed, spine slightly faded, edges of text block soiled, end papers browned, light foxing to first and last few leaves, and to the occasional margin, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy £12

P019. Powell, I, How to be More Psychic, 1st edition, Neville Spearman 1977, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 173pp; methods showing how to promote increased psychic awareness by a practicing clairvoyant, and including a divinatory system of pebble casting related to the I Ching; light soiling to edges of text block, trivial spots to a couple of margins otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, small chips to foot of lower joint and head of spine otherwise very good in good + (light wear to edges with some light creasing, a few small chips to edges, and one larger chip to top of spine pane, previous seller’s label to rear panel) d/w £12

P19B. Price, H, The Most Haunted House in England: Ten Years Investigation of Borley Rectory, 1st edition, Longmans, Green & Co. 1940, 8vo, light blue cloth with silver titles to spine, 12 + 255pp including index, with full page plans and other illustrations in the text + 8pp plates. The first of Price’s two books devoted to the haunting of Borley rectory, a second following in 1945 after the rectory’s destruction by fire, and his accounts of the phenomena at Borley remain both fascinating and controversial to this day.  Covers a little soiled in places, spine rubbed and slightly darkened, joints and corners very rubbed, light tanning to edges of text block, ownership inscription to front end paper, minor spots to end papers and the odd margin, text clean and tight. A good + overall copy of the very scarce first issue £45

P19CE. Price, H, Fifty Years of Psychical Research: A Critical Study, 1st edition, Longmans, Green & Co. 1939, 8vo, purple cloth with silver titles to spine, 12 + 383pp including index, with 3 illustrations in the text  + a frontispiece and 12 (of 14) plates. In the author’s words, the book is a continuation of the critical study of mediums and psychic phenomena outlined by Frank Podmore in his Modern Spiritualism, with detailed records of experiments and investigations. Lacking plates 5 and 6, spine darkened, cloth lightly marked, edges of text block darkened, light tanning to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, apart from the missing plate leaf a near very good, cheap and textually complete reading copy  of the increasingly uncommon first issue £15

P19C. (Price, H), Tabori, P, Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, 1950, Sphere pbk. 1974, 303pp including index + 12pp plates; the first major biographical study of Price; covers very marked and rubbed at edges, margins browning, water-stain to top part of text block causing slight cockling throughout, text still tight and reasonably clean, a fair complete reading copy £1.50

P20DOD. Rhine, J.B, The Reach of the Mind, 1948, Penguin pbk. 1954, 198pp including index, with a few diagrams in the text + 8pp plates and publisher’s advertisements. A practical investigation into telepathy and E.S.P. Minor soiling and edge-rubbing to covers, text lightly tanned (a little heavier to outer margins), minor spots to a couple of margins, text otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1.50

P21r. Sinclair, Sir J, The Mystical Ladder, n.d, Spiritualist Assocaiation of Great Britain Cr8vo pbk. c. 1950, 102pp, diagrams in text. Psychic development manual covering creative meditation, chakras, etc. Spine worn, covers stained and soiled. Text clean. Uncommon early edition.Good £4.50

P21R. Sinclair, U, Mental Radio: Does it Work, and How? 1st edition, T. Werner Laurie 1930, 8vo, red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board, 211pp, with a frontispiece of the author, 281 photographic illustrations in the text, and an introduction by Professor William McDougall; a record of the author’s experiments in clairvoyance and telepathy. Upper corners bumped causing  crease marks to upper corner of first few leaves, spine faded, a few minor marks to cloth, top inch or so of front board very slightly faded, church stamp to front end paper, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, still just about good + overall £12

P21T. Smith, G, Developing Mediumship, 1st edition, Hay House 8vo pbk. 2009, 16 + 205pp + advertisements; an easy to follow guide by one of Britain’s best known psychic mediums; a few trivial marks to covers, a couple of light crease marks to lower edge of rear cover, a couple of page corners previously turned otherwise internally clean and tight, very good £2.50

P21AA. Soal, S,G & H.T. Bowden, The Mind Readers, 1st edition, Faber & Faber 1959, 8vo, red cloth with black titles to spine, 292pp including index, with diagrams in the text + a frontispiece and one other plate; a series of experiments in telepathy together with related appendices; small fade mark to foot of spine, minor spotting to front end paper otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good copy overall in good + (rear panel slightly spotted, a few other minor marks, slight chipping to extremities of spine pane, price clipped) d/w £5

P22. Spencer, J and A, The Poltergeist Phenomenon, 1st ed. Headline 1996, 8vo, black cloth, 4 + 311pp incl. index + 16 plates. A sound, but sympathetic study. Near fine in like d/w £6.50

P022A. Streeter, B.H, with A. Clutton-Brock, C.W Emmet, & J.A Hadfield, Immortality, 1st edition, Macmillan 1917, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and green title to front board, 14 + 380pp including index + publisher’s advertisements. An essay on the immortality of the human soul coordinating scientific, Biblical, and Psychical research. A few minor marks to cloth, end papers lightly soiled, small tear to top of front end paper without loss, faint mark to top margin of a few leaves, text clean and tight. A near very good copy £6

P022BB. Swami Pandasi, Clairvoyance and Occult Powers, 1916, L.N Fowler, no date (c.1970?). Cr8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 319pp + advertisements; a guide to all forms of clairvoyance and related psychic powers including the laws of attraction, psychic healing, second-sight, astral travel, mind reading, etc; light rubbing to spine ends and corners, spine darkened, ownership inscription to front end paper, minor spots to one margin otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a near very good copy £10

P22B. Turvey, V.N, The Beginnings of Seership, or Super-normal Mental Activity, 1st edition, Stead’s Publishing House, no date (1911), Cr8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine and front board, 230pp; a study of clairvoyance and related forms of spirit contact, told through letters sent to the author and his replies, all relating to material received psychically following personal contact. Light rubbing to spine ends and corners, lower corner of front board lightly creased, light browning to end papers, ownership signature a to front end paper together with the publication date inked on the foot of title page, occasional spotting to margins, text clean and tight, overall a near very good copy of the very scarce first edition £40

P22BC. Various, The Trianon Adventure, 1st edition, Museum Press 1958, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 106pp including index + a frontispiece, 25pp plates, and folding plan, with an introduction by Joan Evans; a series of papers on the most famous ghost story of all, the Versailles ‘time slip’ case of two women in 1904 who first published their experiences as An Adventure in 1911. Contributors include A.O Gibbons, C.A.E Moberly, and G.W Lambert. Edges of text block and end papers browned, otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good copy  of this uncommon title in like (minor rubbing to edges in places, faint soiling to rear panel) d/w £18

P22CD. West, D.J, Psychical Research Today, 1st edition, Duckworth 1954, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 144pp including index + 8pp plates; an investigation into the theories and practice of mediumship, card calling, telepathy, hypnotism and E.S.P. Bump marks to spine in places, light spotting to edges of text block, off-setting to end papers, neat highlighting to last two pages of text otherwise clean and tight, a good + overall copy in like (Spotted in places, spine panel darkened and rubbed, some light wear to edges with small chips to extremities of folds) d/w £5

P22D. Wilson, C, Poltergeist! 1st edition, New English Library 1981, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 382pp including index, with illustrations in the text. A popular study of destructive hauntings, from the Loudon nuns to the black monk of Pontefract. Faint creasing to upper corners of a couple of leaves, otherwise near fine in like d/w £4.50

P22C. Wood, R, The Widow of Borley, 1st edition, Duckworth 1992, 8vo, 8 + 168pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text; another chapter in the saga of Borley rectory, ‘the most haunted house in England’ that was destroyed by fire in the 1940s. Rather than, as so many have done, re-evaluate the work of Harry Price, the author focuses on the supernatural phenomena witnessed by the Rev. Foyster and his wife during the early 1930s for the first time, very good + in like (a little minor creasing to edges) d/w £10