Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845. Third Edition. Small octavo (17.5cm.); publisher's brown gilt-lettered cloth; xxviii,-204pp. A hint of shelf wear, some rather heavy foxing to textblock, else Very Good or better. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper. Item #1170
One of the first popular works of social psychology, by the Superintendent of the Hartford Retreat and later the State Lunatic Asylum in Utica. In publishing the present title, Brigham "outraged both the medical and religious establishments by publishing a book about how the religious revivals sweeping America in the early nineteenth century were the leading cause of insanity" (E. Goldman, "Explaining Mental Illness," in "Nineteenth-Century Literature," Vol. 59, no. 1, June, 2004, p. 31). OSLER 2126.
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