ESSAY ON SUPERSTITION; BEING AN INQUIRY INTO THE EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL INFLUENCE ON THE MIND, IN THE PRODUCTION OF DREAMS, VISIONS, GHOSTS, AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL APPEARANCES. By W. Newnham, Esq. London: J. Hatchard and Son, 187, Piccadilly. Sold also by J. Nichols, Farnham, 1830. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-vii [viii-ix] x-xii [xiii] xiv-xvi  2-430 [431-432], half title leaf present, untrimmed, rebound in quarter green polished calf and marbled boards, spine panel stamped in gold, new endpapers. First edition. A nonfiction work by William Newnham (1790-1865), a surgeon-apothecary, with a practice in Farnham, Surrey, UK, from which he retired in 1857. In 1836, he became one of the first members of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association (later called the British Medical Association). His works in general literature, which mainly deal with inquiries into mental and spiritual phenomena, include ESSAY ON SUPERSTITION which argued that apparitional experiences, dreams and spiritual visions had a physiological rather than a supernatural basis. It was republished in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. See DNB. A very good copy. (#170025).
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