London: George B. Whittaker, 1828. [Supernatural occurence / mysticism] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 12cm), ppxi; 323. Early two-tone cloth, manuscript label to spine. Contents clean, occasional fold to corners, vintage catalogue description affixed to pastedown, minor rubbing and soiling to covers. A very good copy. Relating to Samuel Hibbert-Ware (1782-1848), antiquary and geologist, whose paper 'Spectral Illusions' was read before the Royal Society of Edinburgh, later expanded in book-form as 'Sketches of the Philosophy of Apparitions' (1824), a popular book of spiritualism which ran to a second edition in 1925. This attention provoked an anonymous reply (the present volume) in 1828, which aimed to 'counteract any sentiments approaching materialism' aroused by Hibbert's essay. With an Appendix 'Singular Narration extracted from a Recent Publication entitled "Foreign Scenes and Travelling Recreations" by John Howison, Esquire, of the Honourable East India Company's Service.' John Howison (1797-1859) was a maritime trader and surgeon, author of 'Tales of the Colonies' (1830) being a collection of gothic tales set in the West Indies. He became a member of the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, serving as Vice-President in 1832. The present publisher George B Whittaker, together with Oliver & Boyd, issued Howison's highly successful 'Sketches of Upper Canada' (1821); there is a distinct possibility that Howison is the uncredited author of the current work. Item #52342
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