Subtitled, 'Modern Developments in Spirit Photography with Twelve Illustrations.' This classic of spirit photography was published in 1894, in the heyday of Spiritualism. The beings with whom mediums communicated were now rendered visible to everyone, thanks to the new technology of photography; science, technology and the occult came together. The Veil Lifted consists of articles by psychic researchers and spirit photographers of the day, together with twelve plates of spirit photographs. The most prominet is J. Traill Taylor, who had been president of the Photographic Society of London for several years; his essay had first been published in the British Journal of Photography in 1893. The scientific tone and commitment to rational enquiry is common to all the contributors. The Veil Lifted is a book, here in a first edition copy, which is important to the history of photography as well as to the history of esotericism.
'Spirit Photography', with Remarks on Fluorescence - J. Traill Taylor
Remarks by Members and Visitors - Portraits Obtained without Exposure in Camera
Press Notices of Mr Taylor's Paper
Ghosts and their Photographs - Rev H.R. Haweis
Spirit Photography - James Robertson
Miscellanea - Andrew Glendinning
-- Abraham Lincoln's spirit photograph
-- Experiments by Professor Crookes
-- The beauty of Katie King described
-- Lecture by Arthur Maltby
-- How a portrait was obtained without a camera
The Veil Lifted: Modern Developments in Spirit Photography with Twelve Illustrations. J. Traill Taylor, Rev. H. R. Haweis, James Robertson, Andrew Glendinning. London: Whittaker and Co. 1894, First Edition. 164 pp + 4 pp ads. Bound in publishers original blue cloth, titles in gilt to spine and front board. Minor bumping to head and base of spine, very minor shelfwear to corners. Some spotting and browning to fly leaf and paste down commensurate with age. Untrimmed pages. Internally clean featuring twelve illustrations, some highlighting in blue pencil to certain passages.
A very good, charming copy of a fascinating work.