6 December 2004
MESMER, Franz Anton (1734-1815). Mémoire sur la découverte du magnétisme animal. Geneva and Paris: Pierre-François Didot le jeune, 1779.
8o (165 x 100 mm). Half-title. Contemporary mottled sheep, smooth spine gilt; cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION OF THE MANIFESTO OF MESMERISM. "Since his time the investigation of how to release subconscious states through auto- and hetero-suggestion has continued, and the whole field of extra-sensory perception and spritualism has affinity with mesmerism" (PMM). Mesmerism presented itself to the French as a "natural" medicine at a time when the cult of nature and the popular enthusiasm for science had reached a peak. Numerous Parisians fell into 'crisis' at the touch of Mesmer's hand and recovered with a new sense of being at harmony with the world. His followers, the mesmerists, published numerous case histories documenting their claims. "They produced an enormous barrage of propaganda--at least 200 books and pamphlets, more than were written on any other single subject during the decade before the opening phase of the Revolution in 1787" (DSB). See Darnton, Mesmerism, pp. 3-81; En franais dans le texte 171; Garrison-Morton 4992.1; Grolier Medicine 47; Heirs of Hippocrates 1013; Hunter-Macalpine, pp. 480-82; NLM/Blake, p.302; Norman M4; PMM 225; Tischner 10; Waller 6505.
[Bound with:] D'ESLON, Charles (1750-1786). Observations sur le magnétisms animal. "A Londres, et se trouve a Paris": Didot, Saugrain and Clousier, 1780. 8o. FIRST EDITION?. Eslon was the first major Parisian convert to Mesmerism. This is Eslon's major treatise on magnetism, describing his first encounter with animal magnetism and how he became convinced of its efficay. The present copy varies from the Norman copy in imprint and collation. The Norman copy has the imprint: "London and Carsruhe: Michel Maklot, 1781" and is there called the first edition. See Norman M77-80.
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