1852 Scarce Victorian Book - The Night Side of Nature: or Ghosts & Ghost Seers. Poltergeist.
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Author: Catherine Crowe.
Title: The Night Side of Nature: Or: Ghosts & Ghost Seers.
Publisher: London: G. Routledge & Co., 1852. Third edition with new introduction (The first edition was 1848). 2 volumes bound as 1.
Language: Text in English.
Size : 7 " X 4.5 ".
Pages : viii-502 pages.
Binding: Attractive and good original full cloth binding with decoration in blind on the boards (hinges tight, overall slightly scuffed and worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (tight and clean, rare light foxing and staining, association copy of the famous radio playwright Alonzo Deen Cole with his ex-libris and his ink stamp on front, middle and rear page, small bookseller stamp on the last endpaper - as shown).
Illustration: Complete with the rare frontispiece illustration.
Contents: I.Introduction II.--The Dwellers in the Temple III.--Waking and Sleeping, and how the Dweller in the Temple sometimes looks abroad IV.--Allegorical Dreams, Presentiments, etc V.--Warnings VI.--Double Dreaming and Trance, Wraiths, etc VII.--Wraiths VIII.--Doppelgängers, or Doubles IX.--Apparitions X.--The Future that awaits XI.--The Power of Will XII.--Troubled Spirits XIII.--Haunted Houses XIV.--Spectral Lights, and Apparitions attached to Certain Families XV.--Apparitions seeking the Prayers of the Living XVI.--The Poltergeist of the Germans, and Possession XVII.--Miscellaneous Phenomena XVIII.--Conclusion.
The book : Rare third edition of this famous popular examination of supernatural phenomena of the 19th century. Catherine Crowe turned increasingly to supernatural subjects, inspired by German writers. Her collection The Night-side of Nature (1848) became her most popular work . It was translated into German and French, and is said to have influenced the views of Charles Baudelaire. Her own involvement in such matters came to a bizarre culmination in February 1854, when she was discovered naked in Edinburgh one night, convinced that spirits had rendered her invisible. She was treated for mental illness and recovered. This edition comprises the original (two volumes bound as one), with some revisions and additions and a new preface. An intriguing collection of sketches and anecdotes relating to ghosts and the mystery of life as understood by this noted Victorian novelist
The author: Catherine Ann Crowe, née Stevens, (20 September 1803 in Borough Green, Kent – 14 June 1876 in Folkestone), was an English novelist, story writer and playwright, who also wrote for children.
The previous owner (association copy): Alonzo Deen Cole (1897 -- 1971) was an important figure in the golden age of radio drama. He created the popular radio horror classic, "The Witch's Tale." Later he became the only writer for the famous radio series "Casey, Crime Photographer," producing 384 scripts. In addition, he wrote scripts for several other programs, including "The Shadow," "Gangbusters," "The Hour of Charm," and "The Kate Smith Hour," creating nearly 1,000 radio plays.
Cole began acting in school plays as a young man in St. Paul, Minnesota, and toured in stock companies. While in New York, he convinced radio station WOR to air his series devoted to the supernatural. "The Witch's Tale" was first broadcast on May 28, 1931, on the Mutual Broadcasting System and ran for seven years, until June 13, 1938. Cole wrote, produced, directed, and even starred in his brainchild along with his wife, Marie O'Flynn, who played key female roles. The Witch's Tales was also a magazine, published for two issues in 1936. Cole's photograph appeared on the cover of the first issue, and he probably wrote the lead story ("The Madman"). Purportedly the editor, Cole actually did little work for the magazine. Cole had two stories published in Weird Tales: "The Spirits of the Lake" (November, 1941), and "The Gipsy's Hand" (May, 1942).
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