San Francisco: Buettner Press, (1952). Stated second edition. 8vo, original blue tape cloth spine, printed boards, xvi, , 160 pages pages. Halftone frontis portrait in red, illus. in the text, occasional pages on green stock. Front board cracking along the hinge, some general wear and rubbing; marginal paperclip (left in place) has torn one leaf along the upper margin, with a little offset; a good, sound copy. Item #17955
With an autograph note, presumably in Buettner’s hand, below the copyright statement, “2nd edition 1955.” With the colophon below that, “Woodcuts by Daisy Gibson Buettner. Psychic Materializing instrument, James J. Dickson. Written, Set, and Printed by Daisy Gibson Buettner. Printed and Bound in San Francisco, California.” Includes specific information on Rev. Dickson and the Spiritualist Church of Revelation, Inc. of San Francisco (organized 1924), Buettner’s late husband Charles Frederick Buettner (1881-1944), and her own biography (born in 1877 in Baraboo, Wisconsin) as well as her explication of a photo of her working at her press in her apartment. With a number of lectures delivered by Buettner’s spirit guide, Juanita. Another curious Spiritualist work from Daisy May Gibson Buettner (1877-1963), a self-taught printer and artist, Spiritualist psychic lecturer, and member of the Spiritualist Church of Revelation in San Francisco. Buettner worked with her husband setting and printing by hand substantial books based largely on revelations provided by her spirit guide, Juanita, as materialized through the Rev. James J. Dickson. This volume supplies something of a brief religious and book-making autobiography of Buettner, noting, “Buettner’s own autobiographical sketch, collected as “Life Training for Writing” in her book Heights of Living and Dying in Pure Spiritualism (see below) notes her birth in Baraboo, Wisconsin and that she had been making her own books out of scrap paper by second grade; the sketch also provides her educational and religious C.V.: “Educ., Gram. Sc. In 3 states, 8 counties, 14 schools, 22 teachers. High S. Grad. Cal. State Teachers’ College, S. J.,—stiff Bible courses—and into Univ. of Cal., Berkeley. Meto. S. S. teacher aged 17 to 21. Married; 6 children in 10 years, then 18 years a Public School teacher until I quit for spirit work. Private coaching has never ended. Gradually after marriage I crept on into New Thought, Advanced Thought, Zooism, Yoga, Theosophy, Reincarnation, Buddhism, Mental Science, Christian Science, and Unity School, with a peek into Catholicism, Mormonism, Bahaism, Confucius, and Swedenborg on into the motley Spiritualism until—always feeling there must be a top—I found Spiritualism pure and realized I had arrived.” Between the specificity of her religious vision, the peculiarities of her Spirit-led prose, her artwork, and her printing, Buettner stands as an American outsider artist directly in line with the tradition of the earlier Rev. Billy Cook of Salem, Mass. That Buettner was working outside the rich contemporary tradition of San Francisco book arts seems undeniable, though her books are possessed of a certain rough and ready charm in design and execution.