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[EGLINTON]. FARMER, JOHN S. - 'Twixt Two Worlds: a narrative of the life and work of William Eglinton.

London, Psychological Press 1886. Quarto publisher's green cloth blocked in red & black (recased and rebacked with the original spine preserved, this rubbed and with a little loss at the tips); [4],196pp, etched portrait by Tissot & 8 colour litho plates, illustrations through the text. Scattered spotting, mostly at the ends and a thoroughly decent copy. ¶ Some of the colour plates, which are by the bird painter Keulemans, are as astonishing and beautiful as any exercise in lithography ever done and make one wonder whether Barnett Freedman owned a copy of this. Wentworth (84 & 76 note) wrongly attributes the plates and many of the text illustrations as well as the portrait to Tissot (as did I until my attention was drawn to chapter XVII). Eglinton was one of the most successful and polished mediums of the day, specialising in spirit writing but not adverse to the odd materialization. Tissot apparently became involved after the death of his mistress Mrs Newton and we are given an account of the seance where she appeared, kissed him and shook hands.
AUD 600.00 [Appr.: EURO 377.5 US$ 432.87 | £UK 335.75 | JP¥ 47034] Book number 7991

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