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Anderson, Wella Perry; Anderson, Lizzie Pet; Shew, William
[Bound Volume of Twenty-Six Cabinet Cards by William Shew, Reproducing Pencil Portraits of Dead Luminaries Drawn by Wella and Pet Anderson, American Spiritualist Artists]
San Francisco, 1874. Still very good.. Twenty-six cabinet cards with silver albumen prints, each approximately 6 x 4 inches, bound into original marbled boards, rebacked in library cloth. Original tissue guards present, some with small chips at edges and short, closed tears at gutters. Contemporary gift inscription laid in; contemporary ink on rear pastedown. One card loose. Some toning, slight fading, and minor soiling. A fascinating relic of spiritualism on the West Coast during the latter part of the 19th century, comprising twenty-six cabinet cards by San Francisco photographer William Shew that reproduce elaborate pencil sketches of historical figures. The original artists were Wella and Pet Anderson, a New York artist couple who specialized in pencil-drawn portraits of long-dead, famous personalities, supposedly inspired by direct communication with the deceased themselves. Pet Anderson would use her magnetic powers to attract the celebrity spirits, and Wella, guided by the arrived forces through his trance, served as illustrator, using specifically and exclusively No. 1 and No. 2 Faber pencils. The Andersons began a series of such portraits in 1869 that they named "The Ancient Band," a group of twenty-eight spirits of important leaders and intellectuals who wished to return their knowledge and experience to mankind. According to the artists, the group was under the leadership of an ancient mystic and resident of the lost city of Atlantis named Yermah, who first appeared to the Andersons and revealed the existence of his band and its high purpose. The series w … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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