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Austin Osman Spare: TWO GRIMOIRES Deluxe Edition

Austin Osman Spare: TWO GRIMOIRES Deluxe Edition


Deluxe Edition 2011 104pp Starfire. Illustrated including colour. Quarter black leather over blue cloth boards. Design and titling foiled in gold. NM in NM dustwrapper, housed in blue cloth slipcase.


Ltd. ed. 81/100, signed by Stephen Pochin, William Wallace, Michael Staley and Caroline Wise. Card advertising launch event loosely inserted. 


The first publication of two elaborate book dummies or grimoires by Spare which he produced during the years 1905 and 1906. Each consists of more than twenty finely-drawn pen, ink and watercolour images, in some cases accompanied by brief captions. Internal evidence suggests that they were intended for publication, but were never completed. The publication of these is here accompanied by two finished pictures by Spare from the same period, incorporating elements from the grimoires. Augmenting the grimoires are an Introduction by Michael Staley and two illustrated essays of commentary and preliminary analysis by William Wallace and Stephen Pochin.

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