Boston: n. p., 1876. First edition. Large 8vo, original green cloth, gilt lettering, 391 pages. Frontis. Rear free endpaper neatly excised, rear hinge tender (but holding), top edge of the rear board bumped; a very good copy. Item #18713
“The following revelations of the second advent of Jesus, the Saviour of man, give a statement of his labors among the spirits of the dark sphere, where order has been established [etc. etc.] . . . as given through the vocal organs of a trance media who has been guarded by one and the same controlling spirit, who gives the name India at the opening and closing of the various sessions during the past twenty-three years. The amanuensis, who is a witness that the following revelations were given and faithfully recorded, claims nothing for himself or the media but the rights of laborers. They dedicate the work to the spirits who have indited it, and authorized its publication for the instruction and elevation of mortals through the coming cycle of time.” A curious, substantial, and eccentric piece of spiritualist work (the extensive explanatory title page has necessarily been here condensed), with the spirits of Margaret Fuller and John Calhoun chasing Confucius and Shakespeare across the proscenium of the medium’s fertile theatre of revelations, with Cleopatra, Wordsworth, Red Jacket, plus assorted “Hindoos” and “Forest Maidens” as a sort of Greek chorus among the notable din of this crowd of worthies.