American Society For Psychical Research Journals

1912 & 1919 American Society For Psychical Research Journals



Two hardcover Books.

The 1912 book is 3/4 leather and the hinges are weak. The boards remain fully attached but will require some sort of stabilization at some point. This book is the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research and includes the issues from May 1912 through December 1912, totaling a bit over 500 pages.  Many of the articles are written by James Hervey Hyslop on  the death of psychologist Professor William James and the continuation of experiments. Hyslop was one of the first American psychologists to connect psychology with psychic phenomena. Other articles in this volume include “The Problem of Obsession” by Hyslop, Christian Believers and Psychic Research by Rev. Walter F. Prince, Metaphysical Movements in Science by Hyslop, and whatever else fits in 500 pages including sections on Incidents and Experiments

The 1919 book reflects the Proceedings of the Society for 1919. I don’t know if that meant that they no longer printed a journal or if it was a separate book but it contains four large articles. The front board of this book is essentially detached and is actually only held to the book with about two inches of a weakened sheet of paper. By the time you receive it, it may actually be detached so please treat it as such. The book is essentially four articles over 280 plus pages and is a bit more interesting than the journal

Chance Coincidence and Guessing in a Mediumistic Experiment by James H. Hyslop– addresses the odds that someone can use shrewd guessing and inference and coincidence to answer a large series of questions after being put in a trance.

A Critical Study of The Great Amherst Mystery by Dr. Walter F. Prince – poltergeist activity in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Other researchers looked at the case more critically than Hubbell: in particular, Dr Walter F. Prince in the Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research (Vol XIII, 1919) made a detailed case for trickery by Esther Cox while in a dissociative state

A Case of Pictographic Phenomena by James H. Hyslop-

Rolf of Mannheim- A Great Psychological Problem by William Mackenzie- Rolf the Thinking Dog- Seances…  (photo 11 & 12) and I am going to have to read this NOW!  Includes photos of Rolf and his owner. Rolf died just a few months after this article was published.

Rolf (died 1919) was an Airedale terrier that was claimed to have been able to perform arithmetic and communicate with humans on an intellectual level.  According to Rolf’s owner, Paula Morkel of Mannheim, Germany, the dog could communicate with humans by tapping out letters with his paw. He assigned the highest number of taps to less common letters. According to Morkel, the dog was a poet, a bibliophile and a ‘speaker’ of several languages. In her biography of Rolf she even claimed that the dog dabbled in deep theology and philosophy. These claims attracted attention in Germany, as they came at the height of the ‘New Animal Psychology’ movement. The ‘New Animal Psychologists’, led by Dr. Karl Krall, believed that certain animals, such as dogs and horses, were nearly as intelligent as humans and could be trained to unlock their intellectual potential. A colleague of Krall’s, Professor H.E Ziegler of the University of Stuttgart, studied Rolf at his home and came away impressed,] as did a Dr. William McKenzie. However, a study by doctors Wilhelm Neumann and Ferdinand Lothar concluded that Rolf was merely reacting to unconscious signals from his master. According to an article published in Psychology Today, the Rolf case proved influential in developing the Nazi talking dog programme

“Finally, Dr McKenzie tried to trick Rolf, by asking him which was the heaviest, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers; after thinking hard, the dog replied ‘Gein!’ (neither!)

This book here has 80 pages plus photos on the subject of Rolf, with a response by James Hyslop and a description of other tests done on Rolf by a Dr. Neumann. If this subject interests you, I don’t think there is any other source anywhere that spent this much space on the genius Rolf.

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