New York: Charles Partridge, 1859. [Fifth American edition]. Octavo (22cm). Printed sewn paper wrappers; 119pp. Wrappers lightly soiled; small losses to paper near crown of spine; Very Good.
Translation of Kerner's most celebrated work, Die Seherin von Prevorst, first published in Stuttgart in 1829. This account of spirit-communication and somnabulism was based upon Kerner's real-world encounters with Friederike Hauffe, a gamekeeper's daughter who became a regular visitor to the Kerner house at Schloss Weibertreu prior to her death in 1929. Among Kerner's other close associates at this time was George Rapp, founder of the Harmony Society in Western Pennsylvania, and the work became an influential text within the Rappite community, where Hauffe's spiritual pronouncements were taken as a gospel confirmation of their millenialist views. First translated and published in English in 1845; based on OCLC data, this 1859 edition was the last to appear. Earlier editions included a folding chart, not called for in this edition.