The Enchanted Boundary. Being a Survey of Negative Reactions to Claims of Psychic Phenomena 1820-1930
PRINCE, Walter Franklin (Ph.D)
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Boston, MA: Boston Society for Psychic Research, 1930. Hardcover, 8vo, xii + 348pp. Maroon cloth with gilt titling to spine. Rules blind stamped on upper and lower boards. Index. The author, Walter Franklin Prince, (1863-1934) was a Minister of the Episcopal Church whose interest in abnormal psychology led him into contact with psychical researcher James Hervey Hyslop. Prince became the research officer of the American Society for Psychical Research, until he became embroiled in the controversy concerning "the Margery mediumship," when he resigned, feeling that the society's handling of the data had been too uncritical. Prince subsequently was involved in founding the Boston Society for Psychical Research, and under it's auspices conducted many investigations, including into "Patience Worth." Although renowned as a great skeptic, he certainly maintained a belief that some of the phenomena associated with Spiritualism were legitimate, and others likely to be so. This particular volume is a study of Psychical research, and is largely composed of a collection from 'Books and Articles Hostile to Psychic Research,' (including a chapter on Houdini and Doyle) with a second part devoted to a "Discussion Evoked by a Questionairre." Cloth a little rubbed with a few faint spots and light scratches. Spine ends and corners chafed with some light chipping and fraying, previous owner's name in pen of front endpaper. Otherwise a sound and unmarked near VG copy. No dustjacket. First edition.