Hypnotism Its Facts Theories and Related Phenomena; with Explanatory Anecdotes, Descriptions and Reminiscences.
by SEXTUS, Carl.
Chicago:: Carl Sextus, 1893., 1893. 8vo. 304 pp. Frontispiece portrait, 70 illustrations. Original dark brown blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; small rubbing at bottom spine, slight fray to lower front corner. Ownership rubber-stamps of Saul Rosenzweig. Very good. First edition, self-published and printed by John Anderson Publishing, of this popular work that has often been in print since its beginning, reaching at least 18 separate printings from 1893 up to 1976. The title on the cover is Hypnotism Laws and Phenomena. The Public Press Comments section (279-304 pp.) reflects the self-championing/marketing nature of the book. / Sextus a well-known practitioner in the "occult science of hypnotism or involuntary suggestion", although his brand of hypnotism was more suited to vaudeville than the scholarly field. His description of hypnotism in Chicago at the turn-of-the-century is a primer on how the fad of hypnotism became as much a social as medical phenomenon. The illustrations often are like those found in the Police Gazette. Chapter IX, dealing with the Apaches and Mojowee [Mojave] Native Americans hypnotizing snakes is entertaining. The stereotypes are a guide to the thinking and biases of the times. He also deals with sleep-walking. A necessary item for any collection on hypnotism, magic, and folk medicine. PROVENANCE: Saul Rosenzweig (1907-2004), took his doctorate in 1932 at Harvard College, a friend and classmate of B.F. Skinner, was an American psychologist and therapist who studied subjects such as repression, psychotherapy, and aggression. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis until his retirement (1948-1975). See: Everding, Gerry (August 26, 2004), "(Obituary) Saul Rosenzweig, 97, professor emeritus in Arts & Sciences", Newsroom, Washington University in St. Louis. / Crabtree 1354.
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