Chastenet de Puységur, Armand-Marie-Jacques - Decisions sur le magnetisme. A collection of texts on animal magnetism - 1785/1813

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Chastenet de Puységur, Armand-Marie-Jacques - Decisions sur le magnetisme. A collection of texts on animal magnetism - 1785/1813
Esotericism, Philosophy, Physics, Science (general) - Quantity: 1 - Book

Les fous, les insensés, les maniaques et les frénétiques ne seraient-ils que des somnambules désordonnés? (91 pages).

Continuation du journal du traitement magnétique du jeune Hébert (xxvi + 109 pages).

Idées que l'on peut se faire de l'aimant animal et du magnétisme de l’homme (40 pages).

Continuation du journal du traitement magnetique du jeune Hebert (pages 41-127).

Procès verbal du traitement, par l'action magnetique d'une femme malade... (39 pages).

Lettre sur le magnétisme par M. Morisson, de Bourges (13 pages).

Apperçu de la maniere d'administrer les remèdes indiqué par le magnétisme animal (1785, 11 pages). J

Supplémens aux journaux… Somnambulisme (84 pages). J

with

hand-written manuscript on 'Examen du magnetisme' (10 pages) followed by hand-written 'Table des matieres' (one page).

A remarkable collection of important texts.

Amand-Marie-Jacques de Chastenet, the Marquis de Puységur (1751–1825) was a French magnetiser from one of the most illustrious families of the French nobility, and the most important of the French disciples of Anton Mesmer.
One of his first and most important patients was Victor Race, a 23-year-old peasant in the employ of the Puységur family. Race was easily ‘magnetised’ by Puységur, but displayed a strange form of sleeping trance not before seen in the early history of Mesmerism. Puységur noted the similarity between this sleeping trance and natural sleep-walking or somnambulism, and he named it ‘artificial somnambulism’. The patient Herbert, who is the subject of the second part of the book listed here, was also put into a somnambulist trance..

Today we know similar states by the name "hypnosis", although that term was invented much later by James Braid in 1842. Some characteristics of Puysegur's artificial somnambulism were in any case specific of his method.

Puységur rapidly became a highly successful magnetiser, to whom people came from all over France.

Some of the rarest texts of Mesmerism. The spine is loose and some parts missing but the interior is excellent, and well worth restoration.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Esotericism, Philosophy, Physics, Science (general)
Author/ Illustrator
Chastenet de Puységur, Armand-Marie-Jacques
Book Title
Decisions sur le magnetisme. A collection of texts on animal magnetism
Condition
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1785
Publication year youngest item
1813
Edition
1st Edition
Language
French
Original language
Yes
Binding/ Material
Leather
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