Complete rare two-volume "chronicle of unusual events" from the Psychic Triangle of Potter County, Pennsylvania.
FORBIDDEN LAND: Strange Events in the Black Forest Volume I 1614-1895 [with:] AMAZING INDEED: Strange Events in the Black Forest Volume 2
"When the doomed man was about 40 rods below the hotel and the same distance from Uriah Kelley's. home he shouted: 'Let me go, damn you, let me go'. The men at the hotel saw him rise up in the air...A score of persons watched him going up in the air screaming, until he went out of hearing and out of sight."
First of two self-published compendia of local myth and legend from Potter County, PA, and environs, from a devoted collector of these tales and proud descendent of Isaac Lyman, early area settler and famous bigamist. The stories fall into three approximate categories: animal wonders ("Bison Invaded a Home," "An Amazing Bear"); feats of human heroism and endurance ("Woman up a Tree Seven Days," "Pure Grit"); and the shadowy realm of the supernatural and the miraculous: "Precognition," "Second Sight," "Ghost of a Sheep Drover," "Levitation Into Limbo." Lyman cites his sources (usually anecdotal) to the extent possible, and includes an index of proper names. The second companion volume to FORBIDDEN LAND, covers further remarkable and supernatural happenings in Potter County, from the year 1895 through the early 1970s, and with additional forays into local history of pre-Revolutionary times. There were giants in the Pennsylvania earth in those days, Lyman writes, 9 feet tall, some with horns: "We have plenty of evidence of that." Clairvoyance and second sight are frequent themes in AMAZING INDEED, belief in which coexists peacefully with orthodox religious piety; also teleportation, inexplicable feats of strength, ghosts of men, women, and horses, and a 1910 attack on a man by a furious host of flying squirrels. A remarkable work, written with the unmistakable ring of sincerity.
Coudersport, PA: The Potter Enterprise, 1971, 1973. Two volumes; 8.75'' x 6''. Original pictorial brown and blue buckram boards. 82,  and , 103,  pages. Inscribed by Lyman in second volume to page preceding preface: "Never say impossible / Robert R. Lyman." Minor edgewear, toning. Overall sound and clean.
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