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In 1867 Librairie d'Amyot at Paris published a book entitled 'Les Reves et les Moyens de les diriger: Observations Pratiques', written by the French Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys. It is the first serious book on dreamprocesses, and the ability to be conscious during dreaming is also described. For detailed information on this book, I refer you to the article 'Historical View Saint-Denys' on this site.

It seems that the book means 'trouble' for publishers; announced translations in the past never appeared. More recently Mr. Daniel Love organized in 2014 a crowdfunding with the aim to publish an integral English translation of the book, but the project failed. Already translated a couple of years ago the book integral into Dutch, I decided to make now also the English edition, with bearing in mind 'better something than nothing'. I am however not a professional translator, and nor the French nor the English language is my native one. So I realized that there would be flaws and rough edges. In 2016, with Drs. Eli Meijer as co-editor, the free of charge PDF-file 'Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them: Practical Observations' appeared.

Referring to my translation, Mr. Love wrote the same year on his website: 'I shall be working on the production of the second enhanced edition of this translation, which will be available as both an e-book and paperback.'  However, on a forum in 2017: 'I am currently working with a British translator on a fresh and complete translation.' These translations never appeared too.

From out of the blue in 2021 The Mit Press announces the paperback 'Dreams and How to Guide Them. The Legendary Dream Control Manual', forseen for May 2022. Is this another white elephant?

My 2016-PDF is no longer available on this site. You can order a more professionally translated E-book of it, published in 2020 by Inner Garden Press, at






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