The man who led Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain puts the case for spiritualism

Signed by Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding

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Signed and dated on the front end paper in ink by

Lord Dowding
 Lady Muriel Dowding
June 1952

Museum Press. First edition, first impression 1951.  Octavo. 283 pages, blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine.

Fine condition hardback book in a Very Good+ condition unclipped example of the very scarce dustjacket. 

Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding of Bentley Priory, (1882-1970), was Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. During the war years Dowding became actively interested in spiritualism, both as a writer and speaker, and published several books on psychic phenomena including: “Many Mansions” (1943) and “Lychgate” (1945). “The Dark Star” is effectively a collection of essays and reminiscences on diverse subjects which sum up and expand on the author’s experiences on such subjects as reincarnation, spiritualism and the astral plane.

From the jacket: “The author presents the subject attractively in a vigorous and fluent style which challenges the imagination and is a record of personal experience and a sober and critical attempt to shed light in dark places.”

An interesting book written by a man of science and pragmatism who had the courage to publicly express his convictions. A true first edition of this scarce volume, signed by Lord Dowding himself, is a fantastic, collectable book.

In addition, the large clear space above Dowding’s signature would lend itself to a pencil Remarque to create an exceptional collectable piece.  Dowding signatures rarely come better than this.

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