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London: Fulgur, 1992.. First Edition, First Printing. First Edition. Two volumes bound as one. Quarto, original black cloth titled and stamped in gilt. 21 + 19 pp, bound dos-a-dos together, two tipped in colour frontispieces. A very fine copy in dust jacket, as new. 956 copies printed, of which this is copy No. 38 of 355 hand-numbered copies intended for distribution in the United States. Laid into this copy are several ephemeral items - the prospectus advertising this book and the Austin Osman Spare Retrospective Exhibition held in October and November of 1992; a card reproducing a photograph of Spare with a chalice, and a printed card bookmark with an image of a snake and an errata list with an attached red ribbon. Also included is a copy of the exhibition catalogue issued by Fulgur titled "AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE (1886 - 1956) A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION (31st October - 14th November) to celebrate the launch of The Witches' Sabbath and Axiomata published by Fulgur. Organised by Angie and David Reed. Catalogued by Robert Ansell and Gavin W. Semple" (24 pp, card covers, tipped-in frontispiece, 333 copies issued). Also included is an original cheque dated 29th August, 1938, from Austin O. Spare to W.A. Love for two pounds and eight shillings, signed in full by Spare. ΒΆ The first publication issued under the imprint of Fulgur Press. Clive Harper in `Revised Notes Towards a Bibliography of Austin Osman Spare` (Mandrake Press, 2007), states "Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the publisher`s control, a considerable proportion of the print run was destroyed (it has been reported that 700 copies were accidentally pulped) and so the books have a greater rarity than the stated limitation."
      [Bookseller: Thompson Rare Books]
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