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A Goodly Company.
[London: printed for the author by] The Chiswick Press, [1933]. [London: printed for the author by] The Chiswick Press,, [1933]. Kaleidoscopic visions of the spirit world in the 1920s Folio. Original pale green buckram, spine and front board lettered in gilt. Title page in red and black. 35 black and white illustrations (most full-page), 7 square colour plates (320 x 320 mm) tipped-in with circular illustrations heightened in gilt. Cloth sunned and foxed with a few marks and small patches of dampstain. A very good copy, the contents crisp and clean, the colours remaining especially bright. First edition of this scarce, privately published work which beautifully presents the psychedelic spirit paintings of the Argentinian-born medium and automatist Constance "Ethel" Le Rossignol (1873-1970). Le Rossignol ('The Nightingale') remains a mysterious figure, with very little known of her life. By 1891 she and her family had moved from Argentina to Kensington; she studied art and shared a studio with three others, including the Arts and Crafts jewellery designer Sarah Martineau; she served as a nurse during the First World War (for which she was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal); she became a medium in 1920; and in later life she married Arthur Beresford Ryley (likely the author of Old Paste [London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1913], an illustrated history of jewellery). During the 1920s and early 1930s Le Rossignol painted a series of 44 psychic works - the "Goodly Company" series - which she insisted were the true work of the spirit "J.P.F." whom she channelled. The … [Click Below for Full Description]
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