Oct 24, 2019 - Sale 2521

Sale 2521 - Lot 164

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(ANIMAL MAGNETISM.) Mesmer, Franz Anton. Mémoire sur la Découverte du Magnétisme Animal. [2], vi, 85, [3] pages, including half-title and final blank. 8vo, 165x104 mm, contemporary 1/4 sheep gilt, recased with top of spine expertly restored, endpapers sympathetically renewed; contents clean; red edges. Geneva & Paris: P. Fr. Didot le jeune, 1779

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first edition. of the manifesto of Mesmerism. "Mesmer promoted his system of treatment, based on his confused doctrine of a universal magnetic fluid influencing tides and men alike, with books and great personal showmanship. His treatment became such a popular health care sensation in France that it was as much a social movement as a medical practice . . . The attention Mesmer directed toward hypnosis and suggestion in psychiatry led eventually to its scientific investigation by Braid [see lot 174] and others. It also led to the more scientific development of suggestion in treatment"--Garrison-Morton 4992.1. Norman M4; PMM 225.

bound with: ESLON, CHARLES D'. Observations sur le Magnétisme Animal. [4], 151 pages. London & Paris: P. Fr. Didot le jeune et al., 1780. first edition. Norman M77 (1781 edition).

and: ROUSSEL DE VAUZESME, AUGUST. De sectione symphyseos ossium pubis admittenda . . . nova editio, aucta & emendata. [3]-114, [1] pages; lacks half-title. Paris: in medicorum scholis apud autorem, 1778. Pamphlet first published the same year arguing in favor of symphysiotomy over Caesarean section during childbirth.