Philadelphia. 1860. 528pp. Original cloth. Private library stamps, endsheets show scattered foxing, fraying of head and toe of spine and outer front hinge, one signature starting. A very good copy of an important and interesting work. Item #WRCAM5214
One of the younger Owen's most curious works, a product of his infatuation with spiritualism, a pursuit he embraced while serving as minister to Italy under Pierce. It was a topic which interested him until the waning years of his life, and he wished to bring to it a scientific approach which would establish some basis for its beliefs. Toward that end, he here considers individual manifestations, personalities such as Swedenborg, Taylor and Stilling, and the views of opponents such as Hume. A fascinating book, reflecting a strange mixture of credulousness and suspicion. In 1872, Owen addressed the subject again with THE DEBATABLE LAND BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT.