Tebb, William [With Colonel Edward Perry Vollum]. Premature Burial,
[and How it May be Prevented..]
London: Swann Sonnenschein & Co., 1905.
Second edition. 8vo. 454pp. Publisher’s green ribbed cloth, titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Minor rubbing and edgewear, a spot of water damage to the bottom corner of the front board. A very good, strong, clean copy. Top edge gilt. Internally clean. An extremely serious, academic and respected examination of the phenomenon of, and medical or professional responses to, the spectre of premature burial. As well as detailing the possible causes of premature burial; catalepsy, coma, etc. the book also details methods of avoidance and even a number of devices to enable the victim to escape from their horrific situation after they wake up, trapped in a coffin, six feet underground. Chilling stuff, all the more so because of the dry, academic mode of delivery. Scarce, and for a long time the definitive work on the subject. This second edition is really the only "easily" available early edition.