Allan Kardec

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IN the first edition of this work, we announced our intention to publish a Supplement treating of points for which it had been impossible to find room in that edition, or which might be suggested by subsequent investigations ; but the new matter proved to be so closely connected with what had been previously published as to render its publication in a separate volume inexpedient. We therefore preferred to await the reprinting of the work, taking advantage of the opportunity thus afforded to fuse the whole of the materials together, to supress redundancies, and to make a more methodical arrangement of its contents. This new edition may consequently be considered as a new work, although the principles originally laid down have undergone no change, excepting in a very few instances which will be found to constitute complements and explanations rather than modifications.

This conformity of the teachings transmitted, notwithstanding the diversity of the sources from which they have emanated, is a fact of great importance in relation to the establishment of spiritist doctrine. Our correspondence shows us, moreover, that communications, identical (in substance, if not in form) with those embodied in the present work, have been obtained in various quarters, and even, in some instances, previously to the publication of THE SPIRITS’ BOOK, which has served to systematise and to confirm them. History, on the other hand, proves that most of the ideas herein set forth have been held by the most eminent thinkers of ancient and of modern times, and thus gives to them the additional sanction of its testimony.
The teaching concerning the manifestations of the Spirits, as well as the mediums, forms a distinct part of the Spiritist philosophy, and may be the subject of a special study. Having received very significant developments as a result of our experience, we believe it is our duty to make it a separate volume, containing the answers given to all questions concerning manifestations and mediums, as well as numerous comments on practical Spiritism. This work will be the continuation or complement of THE BOOK OF SPIRITS. (1)

1 In press


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