Warsaw: Izdatel'stvo, 1912. Slim octavo (23 × 12.5 cm). Original embossed red cloth over boards; decorative endpapers; 58, , , 36 pp. Illustrations throughout. Light soil to wrappers; spine cracked, still about very good. Item #6571
First edition. The most popular dream interpretation handbook in pre-revolutionary Russia, this text offers an alphabetized glossary of dream images and their possible meanings. Little is known about the author, Miss Hasse, a famous medium supposedly born in a Polish family in a town called Milava in 1854, then a part of the Russian empire. Miss Hasse performed before large audiences conducting séances and managed to amass a fortune riding the wave of popularity of esoterica in the late 19th century. In 1895 she opened a publishing house “MISS HASSE” which specialized in pseudoscientific texts on psycho-phrenology, palmistry, hypnosis, and other esoteric subjects. The publishing house printed works by other popular mediums such as one H.M. Shiller-Shkol’nik. Excerpts from his two earlier books, “A sure method for getting to know yourself and others” (1906) and “Hypnosis” (1911), are added to the end of the handbook. The appended text is illustrated with technical drawings. Several pages of testimonials, apparently sent by individuals from all over the Russian empire, from Kiev to Harbin, close the publication, suggesting the great reach of the mediums. The handbook was reprinted in 1990 by Moscau Redline press. This first edition is not in the Russian State Library. The Russian National Library’s copy is marked lost. Not in KVK, OCLC.