A Philosopher’s Advice, or The Seer’s Mystery. A Book of Anecdote and Method of Foretelling the Future . . . [wrapper title].

Detroit: Published by the Author, [ca. 1911?]. First edition. 12mo, original printed pictorial wrappers, [4], 72, [5], 1, [1] pages. Illus. Stained and worn; a good, sound copy. Item #18371

A characteristically eclectic and eccentric work from the Detroit Civil War veteran, visionary, poet, and professional astrologist Lyman E. Stowe (1843-1919), with much in the way of self-promotion for the profession of astrology and Stowe’s own publications. Includes fortune-telling with cards, reports of his own predictions in 1897 about the duration of the Spanish-American War, cultivating self-hypnosis, telling fortunes with tea leaves, or how to make a hard-boiled egg go into a bottle: “Sleight-of-hand tricks are deceptions often resorted to, not only to deceive the spiritualist, but any over confident, and are often successful.” (The eggs in the woodcut illustration are marked 1911, suggesting a possible date of publication; ads for other Stowe publication in the rear include Stowe’s Astrological Periodicity, published in 1907, but not his spiritualist autobiography Karmenia, published in 1918.) Stowe also includes his instructions for “Hindoo breathing” as a means to promote “mastery over one’s self”—a series of deep breathing exercises and arm-raising that Stowe claims to have practiced four or five times daily for a number of years. The publication shows signs of Stowe’s amateurish production; he notes in other kindred publications that he often sets his own type, a practice evident in the wrappers here. OCLC notes a single copy, at AAS.

Price: $100.00

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