The Psychic in the House
PRINCE, Walter Franklin ( Signed )
Price: 75.00 USD
Boston, MA: Boston Society for Psychic Research, 1926. Hardcover. Large octavo. vi + 284pp. Maroon cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Presentation copy INSCRIBED & SIGNED by the author on front free endpaper. 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. In this particular volume he seeks to explore why it is that certain particular houses or buildings, when occupied or visited by certain individuals, are the scene of psychic phenomena. Cloth lightly rubbed, spine a little darkened and discoloured, corners and spine ends bruised and a little chafed, page-edges browned and lightly foxed, endpapers unevenly browned, pages toned. Still overall - a solid near-VG copy (no dust jacket). First edition.