Vienna: Edition Ananael, 1990. Hardcover, octavo (22 x 15cm), 294pp (last two blank), richly illustrated in black and white, glossy pictorial jacket, text in German. Fine / fine. Item #776
Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) was an English artist and occultist whose work was noted for its clear use of line and its monstrous sexual imagery. He was influenced by art nouveau and was in turn a proto-surrealist. He experienced periods of recognition and obscurity during his lifetime, but since the 1970s there has been renewed interest, with several retrospectives of his work shown in London and books written about him in the first decade of the 21st Century. This collected works includes Spare's first book Earth Inferno, written when he was 18, together with The Book of Satyrs, The Book of Joy, The Focus of Life, The Book of Automatic Drawings, and Anathema of Zos.