London: The Kosmon Press, 1926. 3rd Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board stamped, black endpapers, all edges stained red.
"I wished to learn something about the spirit world....I was directed to get a typewriter which writes by keys, like a piano...One morning the light struck both hands on the back, and they went for the typewriter for some fifteen minutes very vigorously. I was told not to read what was printed, and I have worked myself into such a religious fear of losing this new power that I obeyed reverently." Early edition of American spiritualist John Newbrough’s "Oahspe" bible. Newbrough, who was a New York dentist at the time of writing his revelations, was purportedly a clairvoyant since early childhood, and channeled his "new bible" through automatic writing, making it one of many spiritual works attributed to the practice in the 19th century. In the letters that describe the text's development, he claims that there were three pairs of hands over his head as well as an angel with her hands on his shoulders that gave him the ability to write Oahpse over the course of one year until instructed it was ready to publish. The title, pronounced as oh-AS-pe, means "sky, earth and spirit" in "Panic," an ancient language that was revealed to Newbrough during the divine process. With his followers, Newbrough established an intentional community in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but it was ravaged by an influenza outbreak in 1892, in which Newbrough himself died. Nonetheless, his faith continues to be practiced by Kosmonites here and there to this day. Illustrated with over 100 black-and-white drawings by Newbrough (or a spiritual entity, to be precise), including a foldout map. Originally published in 1882 ("A.K. 34"), this is a reprint of the 1912 third edition. Errata slip tipped to verso of front endpaper. Bookseller's ticket to front endpaper. Corners gently bumped, else fine. Item #2226