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1 DELEUZE, Joseph Philippe François. Histoire Critique du Magnétisme Animal.
Paris: Chez Belin-Leprieur, 1819. 1819 
Second Edition. Two volumes. 8vo. [4], xiv, [2], 316; [4], 362 pp. Scattered foxing throughout, not diminishing legibility. Extremely infrequent contemporary ink notations, especially a page of notes at p. 356, Vol. II, in an unknown hand. Quarter black leather over blue marbled paper-backed boards; bindings carefully repaired. Near fine. Deleuze (1753-1835), a prominent member of the "Mesmer movement," discusses in this work "aspects such as the magnetic fluid, healing, problems and dangers of mesmerism, and personally observed phenomena" (Alvarado 116). "Deluze [sic] is a central figure in the history of animal magnetism…He was impressed with the demonstration (of somnambulism) and began to pursue his own study of animal magnetism…The Histoire is Deluze's first work on animal magnetism and is one of the most important ever written on the subject…The Histoire is about as balanced a treatment as one could find from a man who was engaged in a daily practice of that art" (Crabtree 267). An excerpt (trans.): "The magnetiser can communicate his fluid to many objects, and these objects become either the conductors of his action, or proper instruments of its transmission, and produce magnetic effects upon persons with whom he is in communication" (Deleuze 212 in Alvarado 121). Alvarado, Carlos S. "MESMERISM ONLINE: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC REVIEW." Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 36.2 (2008): 115-29; Crabtree, Adam. Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism and Psychical Research, 1766-1925. White Plains, NY: Kraus International, 1988; Crabtree 243 (1818 edition); Caillet 2933. 
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2 DUPAU, Jean Amédée. Lettres Physiologiques et Morales sur le Magnétisme Animal, Contenant l'Exposé Critique des Expériences les Plus Récentes, et une Nouvelle Théorie sur ses Causes, Ses Phénomènes et ses Applications a la Médicine; Adressées a M. le Professeur Alibert.
Paris: Gabon et al, 1826. 1826 
8vo. xii, [2], 248 pp. Moderate to heavy foxing throughout, but still quite legible. Original printed wrappers; edges lightly chipped, corners missing pieces especially at rear cover. Good. This work on animal magnetism takes the form of letters addressed to Professor Alibert. "The spirit which has directed the author, in these letters, is that of doubt and examination, the only sure guide to the truths of science…The author has sought to demonstrate, not that animal magnetism is nothing, but that it is a different thing from what the magnetisers suppose: he shows that magnetic phenomena have existed at all times, and that they present themselves to the observations of medical men in various nervous and mental diseases" (Grissom 175-6). Grissom, J. "Intelligence and Miscellanies." American Journal of Science and Arts. 13. (1828) 
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3 ERMAN, Wilhelm. Der Tierische Magnetismus in Preussen vor und Nach den Freiheitskriegen.
Munich: R. Oldenbourg, 1925. 1925 
8vo. viii, 124 pp. Unopened. Original printed wrappers; spine ends rubbed, else fine. On animal magnetism in Prussia. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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