Lot 3109: Lizzie D Cottier THE RIGHT SPIRIT 1885 First Edition Antique Literature Mental Illness Insane Asylum Confinement
Lot 3109: Lizzie D Cottier THE RIGHT SPIRIT 1885 First Edition Antique Literature Mental Illness Insane Asylum Confinement
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Title: The Right Spirit
Author: Lizzie D. Cottier
Publisher: The Courier Company, Printers
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 137 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: "Reader, were you ever confined in an insane asylum, kept there by a power entirely above and beyond your control, and under the sanction of the law so far as forms are concerned, feeling that it was a terrible injustice, with no opportunity to have the question of your right to freedom presented to or passed upon by any tribunal except the authority which detained you, and which you knew was in the hands of persons interested in keeping you as long as possible?
If you never were, then you ought to be exceedingly thankful that you have been spared such an experience?
But if you ever were in such a situation and, waiting for your release, have watched the slow-dragging days gather into weeks, and the weary weeks pass into months, and the lengthened months mark the coming and going of the seemingly endless seasons, which in their turn tell the passage of long, long years, until expectation of relief has ceased and hope itself almost died -- with no means of communication with outside friends, and no knowledge that would enable you to take a step intelligently or with any assurance that it was in the right direction, but anxious to do something, with the faint hope that it might possibly be beneficial in some way -- then you can appreciate the motive with which the following story was written, Such was my condition, such the circumstances under which I was placed, and such the motives that actuated me in writing it." (From the author's preface)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blind-stamped black cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering to the front cover. The book shows moderate external wear, with light soiling to the covers. The binding is firm. The volume has light gray endpapers. The lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings.
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