1891 · Boston
by Buell, Mary E.
Boston: Colby & Rich, 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-4  6-521 [522-524: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original maroon bevel-edged pebbled cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. "A long and basically cheerful domestic novel mixing conventional Christian piety with occultism, and intuition with electricity. The author shows the fuzzy understanding of the latter that was typical in popular fiction of this period, even invoking it here to explain Biblical miracles. The story also features automatic writing (spiritualism) via telegraphy." - Robert Eldridge. Part of the novel concerns using magnetism to heal the sick. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992) or Day, Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Wright III, 762. Spine panel a bit faded, inner hinges cracked and re-glued, solidly but somewhat awkwardly, still a very good copy, clean and unworn. (#143312) (Inventory #: 143312)