Chicago: Lily Publishing House, 1888. First American Edition. Cloth. 8vo. 8.5"x5.75" Green cloth with embossed decorations on cover and spine. 471 pp.
Edges are rubbed and scuffed, especially at header and footer of spine. Several stains to covers. Rear hinge overopened. Soiling to endpapers. Several contemporary newspaper clippings and a paper doll (included with this sale) have left silhouettes on the pages which they bookmarked.
This is a first American edition (published simultaneously to the English edition) of Lord's guide to healing oneself and others through prayer. This was an early text in the Christian Science movement, which was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1875, and emphasizes the most controversial of their core beliefs, which is that poor health is an illusion that can be overcome with prayer. Eddy's first (but not last) prosecution for manslaughter occured the same year this book was published, following the death of a mother and unborn baby who perished during the failed delivery by "Professor of Obstetrics" Eddy (who never attended a class on the subject). Eddy and other Christian Scientists were prosecuted more than 50 times over the next century for their spiritual/unlicensed medical practices resulting in the deaths of dozens of children and adults. As of 2015, there were over 1200 certified Christian Science healing practitioners in the United States, whose healing prayers can be delivered via email, phone, or in-person and frequently range in price from $25-$200. Good. Item #994