London: Watts & Co., 1880. Evident second edition. 8vo, original embossed blue cloth, gilt lettering, printed paper spine label, 72 pages. Some faint stains to the cloth and label; a nearly fine copy. Item #19762
“Neuropathy, insania, and pauperism!—this is our vaunted civilisation.” The British army surgeon turned darling of the materialists and philosopher of egoism here explains (with some perhaps considerable obscurity to the lay reader) what he calls here his system of Ideal-Hylozoism, “or the Brain Thesis of Mind and Matter.” The debates in the columns of Open Court and kindred publications suggest something of a foggy Bishop Berkeley by way of the petri dish and through psychological journals. An 18-page edition published under the title Life and Mind: On the Basis of Materialism was published in Lewes in 1877. Contemporary bookplate for James H. Graff, Baltimore, on the front paste-down; early newspaper clipping laid in.