100 hand-numbered copies
Signed by Mr Moore and Mr Staley
Quarter-bound in Morocco (front board chevron features foil block design) with black moiréd silk sides. 100 pages, 230 x 320mm. Head and tail spine bands, silk ribbon bookmark, dust-jacket with illustrated wrap, and black cloth slipcase with illustrated boards.
This magical book is resplendent with full page symbolist illustrations that represent some of the artist’s most corrosive and beautiful draughtsmanship. It is also festooned with examples of his automatic drawings and sigils, this work has established Spare as a formidable and unique figure in twentieth century western magic. This edition reprints all the graphics and half-tone illustrations from a particularly fresh and well printed copy of the first edition, and includes a new reproduction taken original art work. Frontispiece in color features a reworked version of one of the original illustrations. Also, featuring an evocative introduction by Alan Moore, and an illustrated analytical magical essay by Michael Staley. The Zos and the Kia, collective unconscious, Cosmic Mind – however we formulate it, this gnosis is at the heart of Spare’s work from its articulation in The Book of Pleasure, to its development throughout his subsequent work. – Michael Staley