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MESMER, Franz Anton (1734-1815). Mmoire sur la Dcouverte du Magntisme Animal. Geneva and Paris: P.F. Didot, 1779. Half-title, final blank. FIRST EDITION OF THE MANIFESTO OF MESMERISM. Garrison & Morton 4992.1; Grolier Medicine 47; Heirs of Hippocrates 1013; Tischner 10; Waller 6505; Norman M4; PMM 225.
Charles d'ESLON (1750-1786). Observations sur le magntisme animal. Geneva and Paris: 1779. (?Lacks half title.) FIRST EDITION of Eslon's major treatise on mesmerism, describing how he became convinced of its efficacy. Cf. Norman M77 (1781 edition, incorrectly identified as the first).
C. d'ESLON. Lettre de M.d'Eslon Docteur-Rgent de la Facult de la Mdecin de Paris... M.Philip, Doyen en Charge de la mme Facult. The Hague [Paris]: 1782. FIRST EDITION.
[E.M. LAUGIER]. Parallele entre le Magntisme Animal, l'lectricit et les bains Mdicinaux par distillation, &c. appliqus aux Malades rebelles. On a joint ce Prcis l'art de conserver la sant. Paris: Morin, 1785. (?Lacks half title.) FIRST EDITION.
[Noel de Rochefort RETZ (d. c. 1810)]. Mmoire pour servir l'histoire de la jonglerie, dans lequel on dmontre les phnomnes du mesmrisme. London and Paris: Mquignon l'ain, 1784. Engraved frontispiece. (Torn and shaved.) RARE FIRST EDITION of Retz's attack on mesmerism, which he links to other healing impostures throughout the ages. Norman M137.
[Jacques CAMBRY (1749-1807)]. Traces du Magntisme. The Hague [Paris], 1784. Engraved frontispiece. (Just shaved into plate area of frontispiece, not affecting image.) FIRST EDITION . A review of ancient beliefs and their connections with mesmerism. Norman M57.
["J.B. BARBEGUIERE"]. La Maonnerie Mesmerienne, ou les laons prononces... Amsterdam [Paris]: 1784. (Final leaf with small tear to lower inner margin.). FIRST EDITION of this anti-mesmerist tract by a group of Bordeaux Freemasons. Norman M48.
7 works in one volume, 8 (170 x 110mm). (Light worming to lower inner margins of final four works.) Contemporary French marbled-sheep-backed boards, vellum corners (joints weak, spine chipped), red morocco-backed slip case. Provenance: Robert Honeyman (accession number 'M49' at front, sale Sotheby' s 13 May 1980 lot 2218).
THE HONEYMAN COPY OF THIS INTERESTING COLLECTION ON MESMERISM. Mesmer's apparent cures attracted huge publicity and a large following in pre-revolutionary France. His theories prompted an outpouring of pamphlets and more substantial productions both for and against his work: the present volume stands as a fine representative sample of type of work produced.
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