The Modern Philosophy of Mind: Phrenology and Mesmerism [cover title]. Compend of the Phreno-Philosophy of Human Nature [with] Etherology, and the Phreno-Philosophy of Mesmerism and Magic Eloquence

Boston and Cambridge: James Munroe & Company, 1853. 8vo, vii + 121, 251 pp, bound in decoratively blindstamped blue green cloth titled in gilt at the spine. Illustrated with a single full page phrenological engraving by J. Pinkney.

An early printing of both works. Grimes was an eccentric figure in both fiends, largely forgotten today, but had an outsized influence on his time due to his odd connection to Andrew Jackson Davis, The Seer of Poughkeepsie. Grimes trained Davis' first mesmeric operator, his boss William Levingston. Grimes was a commited phrenologist who devised a new categorization of the sites of the brain, and attributed most spiritualist and apparently supernatural phenomena to phrenic abnormality.

Cloth faded, though gilt still shines at spine. Heavy foxing throughout, but otherwise a sturdy, about very good example. Item #28574

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