Item #15470 THE VITAL MESSAGE. Arthur Conan Doyle.


New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d.[1919]. Original grey-green cloth, with dust jacket.

First American Edition of this sequel of sorts to THE NEW REVELATION, on the subject of spiritualism -- Doyle's new focal point after losing his son Kingsley in 1918 and his brother Innes earlier in 1919; "one sees more clearly and broadly what our new relations with the Unseen may be," says Doyle in his preface. Included are plates with examples of "spirit photography."

This copy is from the first issue (ending at page 160, without the later-added fourth appendix). The volume is in fine condition, unusual for such a cheaply-produced book; the uncommon dust jacket (which asks "ARE THE DEAD REALLY DEAD?") is nearly fine as well, with one tiny hole in the rear panel. Green & Gibson B25b. Item #15470

Price: $375.00

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