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McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress)

Works: 768 works in 916 publications in 3 languages and 6,625 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Anecdotes  Humor  Manuscripts  Folklore  Bibliography 
Classifications: BF1566, 133.4
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Most widely held works by McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress)
The history of witchcraft and demonology by Montague Summers( Book )

1 edition published in 1926 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book was written from what critics have called a medieval viewpoint, an absolute and complete belief in witchcraft and, hence, in the supernatural. Among the subjects covered by Dr. Summers are: The Witch; Heretic and Anarchist; Demons and Familiars; the Sabbat; the Witch in Holy Writ; Diabolic Possession and Modern Spiritism; and the Witch in Dramatic Literature
Lives of the necromancers: or, An account of the most eminent persons in successive ages, who have claimed for themselves, or to whom has been imputed by others, the exercise of magical power by William Godwin( Book )

2 editions published between 1834 and 1876 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political philosopher and writer William Godwin (1756-1836), who was also the husband of writer Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley, was known for his philosophical works and novels. In this work, originally published in 1834, Godwin turns to the issue of the supernatural, and to some of the famous - and sometimes unexpected - people associated with it. He begins by defining some magic practices, such as divination, astrology, and necromancy, giving examples of the latter from the Bible. The remainder of the work consists of brief sketches of people and places involved in the occult world, beginning in the Ancient Middle East and Greece, surveying the Christian era in Europe, and ending with the New England witch trials. In a remarkable work of synthesis, he discusses apparently supernatural episodes in the lives of many historical figures, from Socrates and Virgil to Joan of Arc and James I
Miracle mongers and their methods : a complete exposé by Harry Houdini( Book )

2 editions published in 1920 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary magician and illusionist Harry Houdini turns a critical eye to the astonishing claims of those in his own profession. Using personal research and observations, Houdini reveals the cunning techniques employed by fire-eaters, sword swallowers, and other masters of deception to mystify and amaze audiences around the world. This classic skeptical work explores and exposes the methods of such "wonders" as "The Incombustible Spaniard," "Defiers of Poisonous Reptiles," and many others. Originally published in the 1920s, Miracle Mongers and Their Methods scrupulously examines the direct predecessors of modern psychics and mentalists
Animism, magic, and the divine king by Géza Róheim( Book )

1 edition published in 1930 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains Aboriginal references based on secondary services
Le vieux Paris : fètes, jeux, et spectacles by Victor Fournel( Book )

2 editions published in 1887 in French and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of playing cards : with anecdotes of their use in conjuring, fortune-telling, and card-sharping by Ed. S Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 1865 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rappers, or, The mysteries, fallacies, and absurdities of spirit-rapping, table-tipping, and entrancement by Searcher after truth( Book )

2 editions published in 1854 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A system of magick by Daniel Defoe( Book )

1 edition published in 1727 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An encyclopedic outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian symbolical philosophy : being an interpretation of the secret teachings concealed within the rituals, allegories, and mysteries of all ages by Manly P Hall( Book )

1 edition published in 1928 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Its hundreds of entries shine a rare light on some of the most fascinating and closely held secrets of myth, religion, and philosophy from ancient time to the present day. His subjects range from Islam, the Druids, to Pythagoras, to Kabbalah, to Alchemy, to Freemasonry, and the crucifixion of Christ. Serious students of hidden wisdom, ancient symbols, and arcane practices have long treasured "The Secret Teachings" above all other works. In this affordably priced and newly formatted volume, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is now available to readers everywhere
The case against spiritualism by Jane T Stoddart( Book )

1 edition published in 1919 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human science, or, Phrenology : its principles, proofs, faculties, organs, temperaments, combinations, conditions, teachings, philosophies, etc., etc. : as applied to health, its values, laws, functions, organs, means, preservation, restoration, etc. : mental philosophy, human and self improvement, civilization, home, country, commerce, rights, duties, ethics, etc. : God, His existence, attributes, laws, worship, natural theology, etc. : immortality, its evidences, conditions, relations to time, rewards, punishments, sin, faith, prayer, etc. : intellect, memory, juvenile and self education, literature, mental discipline, the senses, sciences, arts, avocations, a perfect life, etc., etc., etc. by O. S Fowler( Book )

1 edition published in 1873 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume expounds this science of the mind, analyzes each of its Faculties, gives their right and wrong, and thereby virtuous and vicious modes of action, and applies its teachings to all the great and little problems and interests of humanity. Phrenology, by analyzing these mental fountains of all things human, reveals all those streams which do and should flow there from; besides also disclosing the model man, and thereby showing all persons, all communities, just wherein, and how far, they conform to and depart from this perfect type; that is, wherein each lives a life perfect or imperfect. A science which achieves all this, must soon become the great study of the whole race, and so remain "till time shall be no longer." Part I. The Organism discusses man's organic relations generally, including the fundamental principles of life; the structure of the mind; the principles, proofs, facts, and history of Phrenology; the Temperaments, &c.; and applies all to Self-Improvement. Part II. Health, its Value, Laws, Organs, Functions, Means, Preservation, and Restoration, shows all how to get and keep themselves and families well, without doctors or medicines; and analyzes and illustrates all the physical functions. Part III. The Animal Propensities and Selfish Sentiments, analyzes those self-caring instincts which supply personal wants, look out well for self, and create man's affectional, governmental, aspiring, and other sentiments, which it describes in five degrees of power -- Large, Full, Average, Moderate, and Small, along with the different effects on character and conduct of their combinations with the other Faculties in their different degrees of power. This feature, which appertains to this entire work, yet is found nowhere else, is especially interesting and instructive, as causing and disclosing the endless shadings and diversities of human character and conduct. Part IV. Man's Moral Nature, analyzes those Moral Faculties which both render him a religious being, place him in relation with all the theological, ethical, and spiritual truths of the whole universe, and unfold all their relations and dependencies, including all those ranges of religious doctrines and practices they involve; thereby developing an entirely new system of Natural Theology, solving all moral problems with scientific authority, and furnishing an exhaustless storehouse of religious truth. Religion is just as much an exact natural science as mathematics, because both are equally governed by those natural laws which render all they regulate "exact;" and Part IV demonstrates religious science. Does not such an exposition of such a subject, from the stand point of the moral constitution of man, merit attention from all Christians, infidels, and savans? Part V. Intellect, Memory, and Reason, analyzes and shows how to cultivate all the intellectual Faculties, which it describes in five degrees of power, and shows how to prosecute intellectual and juvenile education, and develop scholarship and memory, eloquence and reason -- man's highest gifts! Part VI. A Right Life, individual and communitarian, applies these principles and teachings to progress and reform, private and public, by showing wherein this, that, and the other custom and institution harmonize and conflict with human Nature, and from what to what they require to be changed, added to, and amended"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
The book of fate : formerly in the possession of and used by Napoleon by H Kirchenhoffer( Book )

2 editions published between 1923 and 1927 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Philosophy of animal magnetism by Gentleman of Philadelphia( Book )

2 editions published between 1837 and 1928 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animal ghosts, or, Animal hauntings and the hereafter by Elliott O'Donnell( Book )

1 edition published in 1913 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For thousands of years, humans have debated over whether the soul persists in some way after the physical body has ceased functioning. This fascinating volume extends the afterlife discussion to animals, bringing together many accounts of animal hauntings and different cultural beliefs about the souls and eternal lives of non-human creatures
A discovery concerning ghosts : with a rap at the "spirit-rappers" by George Cruikshank( Book )

1 edition published in 1863 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Houdini's paper magic; the whole art of performing with paper, including paper tearing, paper folding and paper puzzles by Harry Houdini( Book )

1 edition published in 1922 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jo. Burch. Menckenii De charlataneria eruditorum declamationes duae, cum notis variorum by Johann Burkhard Mencke( Book )

2 editions published in 1716 in Latin and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Martineau's letters on mesmerism by Harriet Martineau( Book )

2 editions published in 1845 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are 16 letters included in Miss Martineau's book, all testimonials to the truth of mesmerism. Having undergone mesmeric treatment herself, she wrote these letters as a kind of treatise on the truth and merit of mesmerism. She also writes about participating in séances, the subconscious and somnambulism
Essays on physiognomy : for the promotion of the knowledge and the love of mankind by Johann Caspar Lavater( )

1 edition published in 1789 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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John J. and Hanna M. McManus and Morris N. and Chesley V. Young Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress. McManus-Young Collection

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