New York: Babbitt & Co. 1878. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 572 pp. Very Good Minus. Item #15042743
FIRST EDITION, WITH ALL COLOR PLATES. Edwin Dwight Babbitt (1828-1905) was a promoter of "the vital relations and curative power of the forces of Light [and] Magnetism". He began his career as a Spiritualist and a "psychophysician" in Boston and New York, during which time he developed his theories of colour therapy and "the fine forces". He eventually founded his own school to teach his theories, which began as the New York College of Magnetics in 1887, changing its name to the College of Fine Forces in 1893. One could, through a correspondence course with the College of Fine Forces, earn a D.M., Doctor of Magnetics, after having studied "the Magnetic, Electric, Chemical, Solar and Spiritual Forces which underlie everything". (N.B. some of the above info from hatch.kookscience) ***DESCRIPTION: Green cloth binding with decorations in black on the front and spine, gilt lettering on the front and spine, decorations blind-embossed on the back board, brown coated endpapers, small vignette with the motto "Let There Be Light" on the title page, four coloured plates, three of which include multiple images, 203 photo-engravings scattered throughout the text, comprehensive Index bound in at the rear, octavo size (approx. 9.25" tall), pagination: (i)-xii, (1)-560. ***CONDITION: We are grading as very good minus, as the binding has some issues and would be graded good only, while the interior is near fine. The volume has a strong, square text block, front hinge is just starting and the back hinge is solid, prior owner markings are restricted to a vintage name and address, in brown ink, with the date of "1883 March" written on the flyleaf, the interior is clean and bright, all illustrations, including the color plates, are present as called for; there is a vintage book catalogue entry for the 1896 reprint of this volume tipped onto the rear pastedown while the front endpapers are clean. The binding has minor overall soiling, overall edgewear, the corners are slightly bumped and have a substantial amount of rubbing, head and tail of the spine are worn with some small loss, and there is an indentation on the foredge of both boards, as though the book were dropped and landed on its edges. The gilt lettering on the front board and spine remains bright. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.