Austin Osman Spare: THE VALLEY OF FEAR
1st 2008 48pp Fulgur 4to hardback. Illustrated in colour. NM in NM dustwrapper.
Ltd. ed. 406/700. The Valley of Fear is an unpublished sketchbook of 20 vigourous yet haunting studies from a bleak and difficult period in Spare's life. Designed as a companion volume to The Book of Ugly Ecstasy (Fulgur, 1996) here the delicately tinted original drawings have been reproduced in full colour. The work has been augmented by an introductory essay by Robert Ansell in which the metaphysical themes are explored and Spare’s methodologies for creating states of magical aesthesis for his audience are examined and discussed.