Whilst wandering the streets of Haworth one afternoon searching for the ghosts of the Bronte’s I happened upon a small bookshop. This little gem furnished me with a tome called The Book of Fortune Telling by Madame Fabia. Unfortunately I misplaced the book whilst moving and have only just been able to purchase it again.
The Book of Fortune Telling’s first edition was published by Daily Express Publications in 1935. After an Internet search I wasn’t able to really get much information on who Madame Fabia was. It could of course just be a pseudonym for someone putting the book together. In not so many words, Madame Fabia points out that the reader should not take the book seriously and that it is just for your entertainment; this could be an early disclaimer. In various parts of the world psychics and occultists have been asked to add this as a disclaimer which unfortunately spreads doubt and jeopardises the legitimacy of the service acquired.
This book, if you are interested in fortune telling is actually a really good primer. It features palmistry, astrology, handwriting, dreams, card readings, numerology and phrenology. An all rounder when it comes to the study of the future I’m sure you will agree. The best thing about this book is that it can help you gain interest into a certain area such as cartomancy if you so wished to pursue that field. I have to add at this point that this book isn’t on general sale as it is long out of print but online bookshops that deal in rare or old books will have it so keep an eye out for it. It is worth being in your collection.