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FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo, pp. 368 + b/w double frontis and plates. Light blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, single blind ruling to upper board. Extremities bruised and rubbed, bumps to top edges. Light staining to spine and bottom board, a few scratches. Edges and prelims foxed. POI to title page, pencil corrections to the translated epigraph (by Charles Richet). Else, clean and tidy. A solid copy of an unusual title.
Hack (also a medium) compiled and translated Professor Ernesto Bozzano’s reports of the psychic investigations that took place in 1927-1928 at Millesimo Castle, Savona, Italy, under the mediumship of the castle’s owner, the Marquis Carlo Centurione Scotto. Most famously, according to Bozzano’s account, Scotto was “transportated” from the locked séance room to the castle’s granary. The book is also significant for its inadvertent role in Arthur Conan Doyle’s severance with the Society of Psychical Research in 1930: an offensive review of this title published in the Society’s Journal prompted ACD’s resignation.
Author HACK, Gwendolyn Kelley