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The Book Of Pleasure (Self-Love). The Psychology Of Ecstasy. Austin Osman Spare 1909-1913.

SPARE Austin Osman; COLLINGS Ernest H.R. Introduction (1913.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Sm. Folio, blank, illustrated title page, introduction, [1p], Definitions', frontispiece, 59pp., [1p.], profusely illustrated with plates, in the text and printed marginalia, in the original cloth covered flexible boards stamped in white on the upper board, untrimmed edges. London, N.p [Self-Published], Co-operative Printing Society,

Dusty top edge, slightly rubbed cloth, slight foxing on the front and back pastedowns, a bright and fresh copy. Harper A3 a. Scarce.A self-published bookby the working class occultist, maths boy-prodigy and visionary artist. Phil Baker has suggested that Spare, who claimed witchly influence and joined Crowley`s 'Argentum Astrum' in 1909, was beyond ritual magic and that: "...originality lies in dispensing with the conceptual paraphernalia of ritual magic in favour of more free-form, psychically orientated practices. He felt that conscious belief and desire were weak compared with their unconscious counterparts, so he sought to manipulate and programme the unconscious". Baker goes on to explain that Spare was creating his own magical language of signs and 'sigils' and that: "His major magical work was The Book of Pleasure (Self-Love), which he published himself in 1913: this is graphically radical in its drawings of sensations, which accompany more conventional allegorical pictures". (Phil Baker, -Spare, Austin Osman (1886-1956), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.)

Stock Code: 133378