DEALINGS WITH THE DEAD; THE HUMAN SOUL, ITS MIGRATIONS AND ITS TRANSMIGRATIONS. Penned by the Rosicrucian [pseudonym]. Utica, N.Y. Published by M. J. Randolph, 1861-1862. 12mo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4  6-268 [269-272], flyleaves at front and rear [note: first leaf of signature 1 is a cancel with integral title leaf and dedication leaf mounted on its stub], original decorated lavender cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, yellow endpapers. First edition. Paschal Beverly Randolph (1825-1875) was an African American doctor of medicine, occultist, Spiritualist, trance medium, and the author of more than fifty works on Spiritualistic and occult topics, including at least three novels. He was the founder of the first Rosicrucian organization in the United States and perhaps the first person to introduce the principles of sex magic to North America. "Randolph trained as a doctor of medicine and wrote and published both fictional and instructive books based on his theories of health, sexuality, Spiritualism and occultism. He authored more than fifty works on magic and medicine, established an independent publishing company, and was an avid promoter of birth control during a time when it was largely against the law to mention this topic. Randolph described himself as a Rosicrucian. He had worked "largely alone," producing "his own synthesis" of "esoteric teachings." The manner in which Randolph incorporated sex into his occult system was considered uncharacteristically bold for the period in which he lived." -- Wikipedia. According to Wright, this novel is based, in part, on the life and experiences of the author." Wright (II) 1992. Cloth a bit rubbed and scuffed, cloth edges and spine panel tanned, gold stamping dull, printed on paper that has tanned but is not brittle, occasional penciled marginalia and underlining by an early reader, a very good copy. (#157103).
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