The Hidden Way Across the Threshold by J.C. Street
Publication: 1889 Lee and Shepard Publishers Third Edition
Thick Octavo 588pp.
The desired binding of this scarce monumental treatise by John C. Street which includes the new introduction to the Third Edition. The book comprises "a compilation containing thoughts from many minds, from Intelligences in the form and out of it, from Souls embodied and disembodied." Much concerns the typical subjects of Spiritualism, though it also meanders through areas with which the Spiritualists were generally less preoccupied: astrology, astral travel, comparative religion, etc. etc. The author apparently kept largely to himself and little is known of him other than that he claimed to be a fellow of two occult fraternities 'the Order S.S.S.' and the 'Brotherhood Z.Z.R.R.Z.Z.' He apparently also had medical training in Edinburgh, and worked as a physician in Boston and Brooklyn, though his qualifications and right to practice were called into question.
Condition: Publishers brown cloth boards with solar cross design to upper board, black and white frontis with tissue guard, the hinges have been professionally reinforced with Japanese paper, flyleaf with contemporary inception dated 1890, otherwise all pages are clean of any markings, bottom spine edge with fraying, top spine edge turned in, gilt and cloth still bright, overall still in Very Good condition.