Los Angeles: J.F. Rowny Press, 1915 and 1917. Second revised. Wraps. 16mo. Printed saddle-stapled wraps. Patches of toning/foxing to covers; minor edgewear and chipping. Very small touches of staple rust. Separately printed supplement bound in with string tie. Very good. Very good. Item #23662
Spiritualist-channeled wholesale revision of Mary Baker Eddy's philosophical and religious outlook, posthumously delivered from beyond the veil to the perceptions of one Madame X, an "aged lady of refinement and the best social position, whose name, if published to the world, would add strength and dignity to this booklet."
Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, took care in her lifetime to distinguish her denomination's beliefs from Spiritualist principles. Though she was reported to have acted as a medium herself at one time (hosting the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, among others) she came to firmly oppose Spiritualist ideas after formulating the principles of Christian Science, distinguishing her own church's belief in animal magnetism and mental healing from the theories of spirit return, which she classed as an incorrect doctrine along with theosophy and hypnotism.
After her death, her ideas changed radically (according to Madame X) and, embarrassed by her errors, returned as a Spirit to correct the record via psychic transmission. This initial message of clarification is accompanied by a supplemental Spirit Communication from 1917, received too late to be printed with the second edition, reiterating spirit-Eddy's apology for having wasted everyone's time with religion mistakes.
With an introduction by Benjamin Fish Austin, onetime principal of William Smith College for Women, expelled from the Methodist ministry for his adherence to Spiritualist doctrine, and then-editor of "Reason."
OCLC locates just one holding. Rare.