Howitt, William. The History of the Supernatural in all Ages and Nations (two volume set) [Joseph P. Hazard's copy]
Howitt, William. The History of the Supernatural in all Ages and Nations (two volume set) [Joseph P. Hazard's copy]

Howitt, William. The History of the Supernatural in all Ages and Nations (two volume set) [Joseph P. Hazard's copy]

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Howitt, William. The History of the Supernatural in all Ages and Nations (two volume set); and in all Churches Christian and Pagan Demonstrating a Universal Faith. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1863. First American Edition .

Two volumes in maroon publisher's cloth, color faded with spines faded to brown. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, recent former owner's signatures on front paste-downs, contemporary signatures and pencil notes on the end papers and title page to vol. i. 519 & 500 clean pp. Bindings worn and frayed at the edges; books are a bit shaken but nothing is detached. Old paper repair to the ffep of vol. ii. Good. Hardcover.  [4731] 

Joseph Peace Hazard's copy, signed "Jos. P. Hazard, Newport, R. Island, Oct. 16..63" on the tp of vol. i. Hazard (1807-1892), was a prominent Spiritualist and clairvoyant.

William Howitt (1792-1879), English Quaker who later in life turned to Spiritualism. He wrote on history, nature, religion, was a prolific author and was very well received by the British public.

"This two-volume history of the supernatural, first published in 1863, is a staggering feat: extending his work across almost a thousand pages, William Howitt attempts to describe the engagement with the supernatural in all ages and all parts of the world in order to identify a common link between them. Howitt (1792–1879), a well-known writer in his day, published over fifty books in his lifetime, some in collaboration with his wife, writer and translator Mary Howitt. His interest in the supernatural was precipitated by the untimely deaths of two sons. This first volume begins with an apology for faith in the nineteenth century and continues with spiritualist histories of Europe, the bible and apocrypha, the ancient world, the East, and Scandinavia, emphasising the persisting legacy and presence of human engagement with the supernatural in each case." - Cambridge University Press.