Premature Burial and How it may be Prevented 

With special reference to trance, catalepsy, and other forms of suspended animation.

by William Tebb F.R.G.S

First edition, published in 1896 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co, Ltd


*This is a presentation copy with the author's printed compliments slip. This copy also bears the bookplate of Desmond Morris (Zoologist born 1928-)


Condition: 8vo, 400pp. Good+ Original publisher's bevel edged green cloth with gilt-stamped titles and borders. Corners are rubbed and bumped, light wear to extremities, pushing and light rubs to the spine tips, gilt titles to the upper board are bright, slightly faded to spine but still clearly visible. Spine has rolled slightly, inner hinges show webbing in places but this is superficial, the binding is holding very firmly with no loose pages. Pages are uniformly toned but clean and tight. No copies anywhere online of the rare first printing. 


* Extremely scarce first printing and a presentation copy. Chapters include Trance, Catalepsy, Hasty Burials, Treatment of the Dead, Embalming, Historical cases of Apparent Death. 

A sobering academic treatise on the spectre of Premature Burial, covering medical conditions which may cause a patient to be perceived as dead, but more startlingly the book offers practical advice to enable victims to escape the horrors of the grave, if indeed like an Edgar Allan Poe protagonist they find themselves awaking under the earth trapped inside a coffin in total darkness.

Swan Sonnenschein also published Dr Franz Hartmann's book, 'Buried Alive : An examination into the Occult Causes of Apparent Death' which is referenced in this work. RARE

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