London: Allen and Unwin, 1922. (Third Reprinting, May 1925). Hardback, 102pp.
Written in 1922 when Psychology was still an emerging discipline, Dion Fortune’s Machinery of the Mind is a testament to her solid grounding in Psychology. She was a lay analyst at the Brunswick Clinic, one of the United Kingdom’s first centres of Psychoanalysis, and it specialized in treating victims of shell-shock and sexual issues. Machinery of the Mind explores many themes which later became central features in Fortune’s fiction and non-fiction, such as the power of the unconscious mind and that of sexual and erotic impulses. A classic introduction to the principles of Psychology and Psychotherapy for esotericists of the period.
No dustwrapper. Blue Boards, white cloth spine. White paper title label and spine title label. Boards slightly grubby and some brown flecking to half title and verso. Some occasional foxing increasing to last two pages. Two previous owner’s signatures to front end paper. Otherwise tight and unmarked.