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Adventure Into The Unconscious - John Custance

Christopher Johnson, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tanning to the reverse. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Tanning to the blanks. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “John distance’s first book, Wisdom, Madness and Folly, which was written within the confines of a mental hospital during an attack of manic-depressive insanity, had a considerable success throughout the English-speaking world.

In Adventure into the Unconscious he amplifies his personal story. By a tour de force of effort he ‘comes to terms’ with his mental illness and relates it to the struggles of everyday life. He allows the inspiration, which is the outcome of his exalted state of mind, to guide him in the affairs of Wichbury, the family estate converted into a farming project. He recounts an extraordinary episode resulting from his decision to spend one of his manic phases in the Russian sector of Berlin. As he says: “On the Continent, all English people are regarded as mad, anyway”.

“A travel tale that will rank with the best” was the verdict of a prominent critic on the author’s descriptions in his previous book of his flights of imagination and insight that came to him as a result of his exalted mental state. Indeed, in following John Custance, one finds oneself journeying into the celestial realms unencumbered by the paraphernalia of space suits.

The account of his interview with the famous psychologist, Professor Jung, at his home in Zurich, is of particular interest.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Medical Viewpoint series. 207 pages.
£31.00