Volume one Mandrake Press Ltd., 2008, Volume two Mandrake Press Ltd., 2012
Two volume set, limited edition with the first volume stating limitation and number second volume without stated limited as issued. Books are in very good plus condition.
Volume 1 Mandrake Press, 2008. First Edition. Hardcover. Square octavo. (8.5ins x 8.5ins), 44pp. Original black cloth with blind stamped title & gilt symbol on upper board. Colour frontis. Colour and b&w illustrations. Numbered Limited Edition of 225. The first of a projected Series of monographs about Spare. The author looks at Spare in the context of his interaction with contemporary poets, and examines the interaction between word and visual art in his own early work. He follows Spare’s abandonment of the cosmopolitan life of London’s bohemia, and his withdrawl to South London, and immersion in his occult studies. In the course he presents a number of fresh perspectives on Spares life and influences
Volume 2 Mandrake Press, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. Square octavo. (8.5ins x 8.5ins), 212pp. Original black cloth with blind stamped title & gilt symbol on upper board. Colour frontis. Colour and b&w illustrations throughout. Index of bookplates. The second volume in this series of monographs which aim to explore the contexts in which Austin Osman Spare’s art (and also his occultism) developed. In this volume Stephen Pochin scrutinises Spare’s bookplate designs, their historical and artistic background, and what they tell us of Spare’s relationship with his various patrons, and his and their own preoccupations.