Boston: Pubished by Bela Marsh, 1856. First edition. 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, 328 pages. Some light staining along the upper edge of the rear board, some discoloration to the spine; a bit rubbed, some light internal marginal stains; a very good copy. Item #16873
"Yes; in the almanac language, 'look out about those days' for carriages and travelling-saloons on country-roads--sans horses, sans steam, sans any visible motive-power--moving with greater speed and far more safety than at present. Carraiges will be moved by a strange, and beautiful, and simple admixture of aqueous and atmospheric gases--so easily condensed, so simply ignited, and so imparted by a machine somewhat resembling our engines, as to be entirely concealed and manageable between the forward wheels." From the Seer of Poughkeepsie, one of the key figures in the development of the American Spiritualist movement, this extensive work delivered as a spiritual medium on the rise and progress of mankind and the United States; despite the trance-prediction of the internal combustion automobile (and air travel), the spirital plane was not quite accurate in the prediction of the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law (in 25 years) and the indivisibiilty of the Union. Includes an extensive "Psychometrical Examination of William Lloyd Garrison," the abolitionist editor of the Liberator. Contemporary pencil ownership signature to the front endpapers; lower corner of the front free endpaper torn away.