New York, NY: George H. Doran, 1922. [Spiritualism] FIRST U.S. EDITION. 1500 copies published. Octavo (21 x 15cm), pp.196. Illustrated with photographic plates. Publisher's mid-brown cloth, lettered in black, with photographic illustration laid down to upper, top edge ochre, others untrimmed. Slight toning, ink note 'hobby room' to flyleaf, same inscription and bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, contents shaken within case, cloth frayed at tips; very good. One of several Doyle books concerning 'The Life Hereafter'; in 1917 two innocent-seeming English schoolgirls, 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her 10-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, launched a deception that somehow managed to fool many people, including the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was interested in spiritism at the time. Some sixty years later, the ageing Elsie and Frances confessed to what had begun as a prank but became one of the most famous hoaxes of the twentieth century. Item #53095
Green and Gibson B29b. PRICE, Harry. Works on Physical Research, Spiritualism, Magic... Witchcraft... alleged Abnormal Phenomena (1929), p.164.
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