Electrical Psychology, or Science of the Mind, Wonderful & Amusing Phenomena, at the New Botanic Hall, East Broadway near Market street, Monday & Tuesday Evenings, January 8 and 9. By Dr. H. A. Benton . . . [caption title].

New York: Pruden & Roberts, Printers, 51 Beekman street, [1855]. First edition. Single leaf printed recto and verso, 13.75 x 7.88 inches. Some light soiling; in very good condition. Item #19521

Benton (b. 1808) here advertises his recent relocation of his medical offices from Brooklyn to Manhattan, as well as a series of lectures and demonstrations on the powers of electricity—”And in keeping with the philosophy illustrated by Experiments, those who have witnessed them, with one accord agree, that No Theatre or Band of Minstrels can equal the sport, or amusement, and all in keeping with grood order, not objectionable to the most fastidious. The *Hearing, Sight, Taste, Smell,* or any of the senses disturbed, the *Mental or Muscular Power controlled,* and all are *Relieved at the pleasure of the operator.*” Benton also notes for visitors consulting at his offices, “Examinations by Clairvoyants, for disease, (which have astonished those who have witnessed them,) can be had, if desired.” The numerous press notices included here go as late as Oct. 30, 1854, and the dates of performance indicate an 1855 performance. Benton (noted in the 1855 New York census as a New York City resident) eventually moved upstate, appearing in directories in Lansingburgh, N. Y. as an electric physician as late as 1882. Not noted in Atwater. Not found on OCLC.

Price: $850.00