Brooklyn: Published by the Author, 1896. 47,pp. Original red wrappers, printed in gilt. Spine rather worn. Light tanning and dust soiling internally. About very good. Item #1340
Unrecorded edition of this work on self-healing by Eleanor Kirk, the pen name of writer and women's rights advocate Eleanor Maria Esterbrook Ames (1831-1908). She was a regular contributor to The Revolution, the newspaper published by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; wrote weekly columns that were syndicated in as many as 150 newspapers; authored guides to assist other women in securing paid writing jobs; and published her own monthly periodical called Eleanor Kirk's Idea. Later in her life, Kirk developed a strong interest in esoteric religious ideas, including astrology and the New Thought movement. This book was her attempt to set out basic principles of "mental healing" -- the belief that the mind, when properly focused, can bring about both spiritual and physical health. During this same time period, she also published The Influence of the Zodiac Upon Human Life (1894), Perpetual Youth (1895), and The Prevention and Cure of Old Age (1899). We located only two institutional holdings of this work, both of an 1899 edition, at the Brooklyn and Wisconsin Historical Societies.