Anglican clergyman and ardent spiritualist Charles Maurice Davies (1828-1910) published Mystic London in 1875, and it is an account of his observations and researches into the London Spiritualist scene and the outer by-ways of its occult practitioners of the time. He reveals the city's mesmerists and mediums, its astrologers and phrenologists, and all the debates about such actors. He digresses into discussions of Darwinism, secularism, and religious diversity, and in doing so offers a valuable study of Victorian attitudes to, and experiences of, the supernatural and the occult.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Paperback, 406 pages. New.