New York: 1858-1873. First Edition. Complete series of Spiritual Tracts by the New York City jurist who in the early 1850s became "convinced that the living could communicate with the dead" (DAB 6, p. 23). The majority of the titles published in 1858 with nearly a decade-long hiatus between nos. 11 and 12, during which time the author published the monumental five-volume work "Statues at Large of the State of New York." Contents as follows:
1."An Appeal to the Public on Spiritualism." [Drop title: "Judge Edmonds on Spiritualism."] 1858. 15pp. Signed and dated in print on final leaf "New York, August 1, 1853." Describes Edmonds's experience "Preparatory to meeting a circle, I have sat down alone in my room and carefully prepared a series of questions to be propounded, and I have been surprised to find my questions answered" (p. 9), to which a previous owner has written in pencil "I can testify to precisely the /same/."
2. "Bishop Hopkins on Spiritualism. Reply of Judge Edmonds." 1858. 14pp. Signed and dated in print on final leaf "New York, November 28, 1855." Reponse to Bishop Hopkins, the Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, on two recent addresses delivered to the YMCA in St. Louis on Spiritualism and Edmonds and in particular.
3. "The Newsboy." 1858. 12pp. Ownership signature on title page. In which Edmonds communes with a young newsboy named Tim Peters, who died of cholera in New York City the previous 4th of July.
4. "Uncertainty of Spiritual Intercourse." 12pp. Drop subtitle: "Correspondence between Judge Edmonds and a distinguished legal gentleman."
5. "Certainty on Spiritual Intercourse." 1858. 16pp. Drop subtitle: "Continuance of the correspondence between Judge Edmonds and a distinguished legal gentleman."
6. "Speaking in Many Tongues." 1858. 12pp.
7. "Intercourse with Spirits of the Living." 1858. 10pp. Ownership signature on p. 5.
8. "False Prophesying." 1858. 11pp.
9. "Spiritualism, as Demonstrated from Ancient and Modern History. A Lecture Delivered in New-York, February 6, 1859." 1859. 16pp.
10. "Letters to the 'New York Tribune,' on Spiritualism." 1860. 127pp. Collected letters published in the "Tribune" between March and October, 1859.
11. "Instances of Spirit Communion."1868. 30pp. Describes the author's communions with his late brother Frank, Presidents Martin Van Buren (for whom the author worked after graduating from law school) and Abraham Lincoln; and, briefly, John Wilkes Booth.
12. "Messages from George Washington on Government and the Future Life."1873. 27pp. The author's communions with George Washington, previously published in the second volume of his "Spiritualism" (1854).
13. "Questions and Answers on Spiritualism." 1873. 31pp. Thirteen volumes in one; 12mo (18.5cm.); purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Cloth nearly entirely toned to tan save rear cover, 1.5" loss at spine crown, front joint cracked, contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper and gift inscription to title page of first tract, very occasional marginalia (see below), else a Good collection, internally sound.