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Austin Osman Spare
BOOK OF AUTOMATIC DRAWINGS Austin Osman Spare SIGNED Occult Magick Witchcraft
1972. Spare, Austin Osman (Introduction by Ian Law). A Book of Automatic Drawings. London: Catalpa Press, 1972 [1973]. First Published Edition. Hardcover. Folio (17.5 x 12.5 inches). Limited to 200 copies of which this is no. 52. Signed by Austin Spare by way of a cancelled check with his signature, tipped-on to the limitation page. Quarter goatskin over cloth boards with gilt title and drawing by Spare. Three raised bands to spine. Marbled endpapers. Printed on fine hand-made paper with deckled edges. 20pp. Some mild wear and rubbing to leather and cloth. Faint stain (streak) visible on leather and onto portion of cloth. A couple of small marks to cloth. Internally the book is in excellent condition. A very good or better copy. Quite scarce. Though this was intended to be issued in an edition of 200 copies, it is believed that only 25 to 30 were actually bound. Many of the remaining sets of sheets were bound in a new edition by Teitan Press in 2011 (see my other ebay listings for this one). Spare completed this series of drawings in the spring of 1925 during a particularly turbulent period of his life in which he abandoned more commercial artistic styles and instead immersed himself in the creation of several series of his darkly-visionary "automatic drawings'. As much as Spare tried he could not find a publisher for it. This limited volume from Catalpa Press is the first edition in book form. It is reproduced at the exact size of the original work. The title page Spare drew for this unusual sketchbook reads: ' A book of Automatic drawing containing: calligraphic titles, s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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