London: H. Bailliere, 1852. First edition thus with new edits by Stone and with a new introduction. 8vo. Publisher's blue embossed cloth, titled in gilt to spine. Strong and clean, sunned to spine with gilt somewhat dulled, bumped to spine ends, minor edgewear, very good indeed, a handsome copy. Glazed yellow endpapers, internally clean. Ballou was an early exponent of pacificism as a political and religious movement and amngst other thing was the founder of the Hopedale community in Massachusetts, a kind of supposed spiritual utopia. He was also a correspondent of Tolstoy in his later life. A surprisingly serious and academic study of spiritual manifestation, with some interesting dialogues wrested from the mouths of the departed and a wealth of anecdote. Any contemporary edition of this work is scarce, the first legendarily so. A pretty copy. Item #42682
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