RAISING SPIRITS: How A Conjuror's Tale Was Transmitted Across The Enlightenment.
Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Hardcover, original boards. 146pp., Appendix, Bibliography, Index. A volume in the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic Series. A fine copy without dust jacket, as issued. Note: This title is In Print for $80.00 US. Fine. Item #312769
Despite supernatural scepticism, stories about spirits were regularly printed and shared throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This case-study in the transmission of a single story (of a young gunsmith near Bristol conjuring spirits, leading to his early death) reveals both how and why successive generations found meaning in such accounts.
Table of contents
Thomas Perks and His Circle
Arthur Bedford and His Circle
The Second Phase: Bristol and London 1760–79
The Nineteenth Century: Medicine, Spiritualism and Christianity