Octavo: 126 pages.
One of the rarest of the books on animal magnetism, this one is not recorded in the US, nor indeed in France or Belgium.
This copy belonged to the magnetiser from Geneva, Julien Piguet.
It covers the supposed origins of the science, using sources as varied as Galileo and Harvey (flow of blood, natural laws etc), and -- unusually for a text in animal magnetism -- seeks to align the powers of the magnetiser to that of the Creator. The movement of energy is allied to the power of the spirits and there is a discussion in the book of spiritualism, magnetic lamps, experiences of those with illnesses and amputated limbs and other losses.
Magnetism is divided into types and orders and both the benefits and the dangers of practising are discussed. Much is made, as usual, of the classical roots of the science. Having then examined the necessary attributes of the good magnetiser, Breton considers the Odic-Magnetic letters of Reichenbach. This refers to the Odic Force (or the Od Force), a 'newly discovered force in nature' discussed by The Baron von Reichenbach (1788- 1869). The discussion of the letters makes this an important and significant volume.
Good condition in a study but superficially worn 3/4 leather and marbled boards binding.
- Number of Books
- Esotericism, Medicine
- Author/ Illustrator
- A.-J. Breton
- Book Title
- Philosophie du magnétisme ou l'art de guérir les maladies et de faire disparaitre les souffrances
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Bruxelles, Typographie de Ch. Vanderauwera
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather