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Machinery of the Mind Violet M. Firth [pseud. Dion Fortune]


This book is a testament to Dion Fortune's grounding in psychology, as she was a lay analyst at the Brunswick Clinic, which was one of the countrys two first centres of psychoanalysis with the Tavistock, and founded by two suffragettes. The clinic specialised in shell shock and sexual issues, and its therapeutic model was to use multiple modalities and varied therapies. Throughout her life, Dion Fortune's occultism was infused with a belief in the power of the sexual and erotic impulses, and takes account of the power of the unconscious. Machinery of the Mind is a record of the ways in which psychology informed Fortune's later writing, such as in her short story collection published the same year, The Secrets of Dr. Taverner (1922) as well as her novels The Sea Priestess (1938) and Moon Magic (1957), as well as the way in which it informed the directions the mysteries took in subsequent decades, as seen in the careers of priestesses including Vivianne Crowley and Jean Williams. 

London: George Allen and Unwin. First edition, third impression. May 1925. Hardback, issued without dust jacket. 8vo, pp 102, [2], title label loosely inserted. Original publishers quarter white cloth with blue paper covered boards and spine and front title label.

Condition: Slight foxing at prelims and a few spots throughout the text, previous ownership inscriptions at front free endpaper, spine and boards somewhat browned, boards a little marked in places, corners bumped, slight lean at spine, else a very good and solid copy of this extremely rare book.