Very Peculiar People: Portrait Studies in the Queer, the Abnormal and the Uncanny. E. J. DINGWALL, Signed.

Very Peculiar People: Portrait Studies in the Queer, the Abnormal and the Uncanny.

London: Rider, [1950]. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 224pp. Black cloth lettered in white on spine. Index. B/w frontis. & plates. Five studies of unusual individuals: Hadrian Beverland, a Dutch savant of the late seventeenth century who was persecuted for his heretical opinions on sex and religion and eventually fell into psychosis; Emanuel Swedenborg who in late middle-age began to experience visions which led him to set down a complex mystical philosophy; Johann Jetzer, a Dominican whose embrace of heretical views led to his being burned on Inquisatorial pyres; St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, whose religious fervour peaked when flogged or humiliated, and Eusapia Palladino, one of the most famous of the physical mediums of her day. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper - and inscribed to him by the author on the front blank "To Mike, from Ding". Foxing to page-edges, spine slightly faded & rubbed at ends, minor marks to boards, else a clean VG+ copy in VG dust jacket (dust jacket slightly rubbed & darkened, a few nicks to edges). Item #52707

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