Oct 12, 2023 - Sale 2648

Sale 2648 - Lot 246

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Greatrakes, Valentine (1629-1683)
A Brief Account of Mr. Valentine Greatraks, and Divers of the Strange Cures by him lately Performed.

London: J. Starkey, 1666.

First edition, quarto, folding engraved frontispiece showing Greatraks in the act of "curing several Deseases and distempers by the stroak of his Hand only," the text addressed to Robert Boyle; bound in full 19th century red morocco ruled and lettered in gilt, marbled endleaves; ex libris Ragley Hall Library, with bookplate, 7 x 5 1/8 in.

Greatrakes was an Irish folk healer who employed what we would now consider hypnosis to "cure" those suffering from psychosomatic illnesses.

Wing G-1789; ESTC R6820.

From Dr. Michael Stone's Psychiatry Collection.