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AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE
KENNETH GRANT

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Austin Osman Spare

The Writings of Austin Osman Spare:
Anathema of Zos, The Book of Pleasure and The Focus of Life


The Writings of Austin Osman Spare is a collection of three books written by the famous artist and occult author. The three books included in this publication are Anathema of Zos: The Sermon to the Hypocrites, The Book of Pleasure: The Psychology of Ecstasy and The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aaos. This compilation of three of Spare's most popular works is a must read for those that are fans of his writings and those interested in books on the occult.
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Borough Satyr:
The Life And Art of Austin Osman Spare
By Robert Ansell


Fulgur., London, England. First edition - Limited Softcover. This edition limited to 961 numbered copies. Profusely illustrated with magnificent colour plates throughout. Borough Satyr was published to accompany an exhibition of Spare's work held at The Maas Gallery in London, in 2005. Aside from glorious reproductions of art works by Spare, it includes a biographical introduction by Robert Ansell, and essays and reminiscences of Spare by Clifford Bax, Ithell Colquhoun, Kenneth and Steffi Grant, Hadyn Mackay, John Smith Hannen Swaffer, and others.
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Zos Speaks!
Encounters With AOS
By Kenneth and Steffi Grant


Over fifty years ago, Kenneth and Steffi Grant met the artist Austin Osman Spare. A mutual passion for weird art brought them together at a time when Spare, in the final decade of his life, had turned again to writing about his other passion – the occult. Zos Speaks! is an account of their meetings with Spare. In addition to the numerous letters and diary entries from the period this book also contains Spare's last great literary works: The Logomachy, The Zoetic Grimoire and The Living Word. Here may be found a unique insight into Spare's method of working with familiar spirits, "Delphic Oracles" and other strange formulae, including the legendary Witches' Sabbath that Zos claimed to have attended on many occasions.
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The Book of Pleasure: (Self-love)
The Psychology of Ecstasy
By Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT The Book of Pleasure (Self-Love) is seen by many as the core of Austin Spare's magical philosophy and his most important and influential work. It covers his work with sigils as a means of controlling the subconscious mind, the creation of a personal magical alphabet and the practice of the Death Posture. This edition is a facsimile (in a reduced format) of the original 1913 edition and is an affordable way of owning one of Spare's most famed works.
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Ethos
The Magical Writings of Austin Osman Spare


Spare's complete magical writings printed in one volume. Includes Micrologus, (published elsewhere as Axiomata), The Book of Pleasure, The Witches Sabbath and Mind to Mind and How by a Sorceror. Along with rubricated captitals and shoulder notes this edition includes all the original illustrations to The Book of Pleasure plus a colour plate.
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Anathema of Zos:
The Sermon to the Hypocrites, an Automatic Writing
By Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT The Sermon to the Hypocrites: An Automatic Writing. Originally written in 1924 and then privately published in 1927, this new edition of Austin Spares fifth book "Anathema of Zos", has been entirely reset with rubicated text and gold titles. A colour plate has also been added along with many of Spare;s drawings.
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The Book of Automatic Drawing
By Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT The Book of Automatic Drawing is the a compilation of works relating to Austin Spare and Automatic Drawing. It consists of four sections: Automatic Drawing: A Discussion by Hannen Swaffer (extracts from Adventures with Inspiration and London Mystery Magazine); Automatic Drawing by Austin Spare and Frederick Carter (an article from Form magazine); Automatic Drawing as a Means to Art by Austin Spare (section from The Book of Pleasure); A Book of Automatic Drawing by Austin Spare (a sketchbook of drawings).
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Austin Osman Spare:
The Artist's Books 1905 - 1927


U.K. IMPORT For the first time, Spare's art is analyzed for its hidden symbolism, a symbolism so rich in the traditions of esoteric knowledge. This knowledge was used to veil and declare a subtle, vibrant magic — a glimpse into another realm. Dr Wallace spent the better part of three years in the preparation of this work and his discoveries will be the cornerstone of Spare studies for a long time. One finds a continuity in Austin Osman Spare's work that would indicate magickal links joining paintings from one period with those of a later time. These are important reference points in his intense, unknown life, yet they are also the keys to his personal magic and philosophical concepts thus far only surmised. This title was originally published in a Hardback edition by First Impressions as From the Inferno to Zos Vol.2.
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Earth Inferno
By Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT Earth Inferno was Austin Osman Spare's first book of 11 vivid drawings, poems and many embellishments. First published in 1905 in a run of only 265 copies, this edition is a facsimile of that original book and is an affordable way to see one of Spare's most important works as it was originally published.
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A Book of Satyrs
By Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT A Book of Satyrs was Austin Osman Spare's second book of 13 vivid drawings along with many embellishments. First published in 1907 in a run of only 300 copies, this edition is a facsimile of that original book and also includes the alternate preliminary pages and additional illustration from the later (1909) second edition, making this book an affordable way to see one of Spare's most important works as it was originally published.
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Stealing the Fire from Heaven
Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT Handsomely printed in four colours with many illustrations. This remarkable piece of detective work by the Editor throws new light upon the work of Spare — he was an art thief! Many of the decorated initials that Spare claimed to have designed were in fact copied from the works of others, dating from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century! There is speculation that a realization of this may have been the true reason that Spare withdrew (or was ostracized) from the artistic establishment. However, the Editor also recovers some work which Spare published under a pseudonym in Form Magazine, and restores it to the corpus of known Spare work. Eight Poems by W.B. Yeats and The Grotesque by Edmund Sullivan are reprinted with the illustrations now known to be by Spare, together with Twelve Poems by J.C. Squire, which Spare claimed to have illustrated and decorated. Although these discoveries do not affect the occult significance of Spare;s work they may now be viewed, by some people, very differently. The Editor also raises the question of authenticity regarding some of Spare;s very elaborate and ‘formal; alleged automatic drawings — the Spare & Carter illustrated essay entitled Automatic Drawing is reproduced.
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Mystery of an Artist
Austin Osman Spare


U.K. IMPORT Handsomely printed with wide margins and red embellishments, one coloured plate. Spare;s essay Mind to Mind and How was first published in the respected Two Tracts on Cartomancy as it deals with divination. This work places it, as near as possible, in its original context:- a response to a series of articles by Kenneth Walker and others concerning telepathy, psychic powers and inspiration carried in the London Mystery Magazine in the 1950s. This work reproduces those articles together with accompanying drawings by Ronald Searle which one could see would have grabbed Spare;s attention. The polemical nature of Spare;s essay, again presented here, becomes understandable, written as 'a Sorcerer; Spare declares himself someone who lives what Walker et al speculate about. Too raw for the magazine it was never used. Though the editors passed on this text they published illustrations by Spare. These are reproduced with the associated articles, being short stories by Lewis Spence, Algernon Blackwood, Dorothy Edwards and Martin Gardner. Also provided is the article Mystery of an Artist written about Spare by Hannen Swaffer which appeared in the journal. This has been very scarce (original copies carrying the article have been offered for sale for over £200!). The longer work by Swaffer, Adventures with Inspiration is also provided. This discusses Spare in the wider context of sources of artistic inspiration. The front cover utilises a fine picture of Spare at one of his exhibitions fixing the camera in his gaze, with the editors of the London Mystery Magazine behind him. The last pages even give a design provided for the magazine but rejected which Spare went on to utilise elsewhere. This commendable publication represents an excellent window upon an often overlooked aspect of Spare;s work.
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From the Inferno to Zos I:
The Writings and Images of Austin Osman Spare


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From the Inferno to Zos II:
The Secret Language


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From the Inferno to Zos III:
The Intimate Life


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Austin Spare:
An Introduction to his Life and Works
By Sunny Shah


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Two Tracts on Cartomancy
By Austin Osman Spare


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Revised Notes Towards a Bibliography of AOS
By Clive Harper


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KENNETH GRANT


The Shadow Tarot:
Revised and Extended Edition
By Linda Falorio


There are very few useful books on the Nightside paths and the Tunnels of Set. This work takes the ideas in the Nightside of Eden by Kenneth Grant and actually gives the experiences and insights of the authors. The Shadow Tarot meets every criteria for a truly magickal book, a thing found when you need it, a thing that reads you at least as much as you read it. For anyone setting out on "the labyrinthine way" or already fascinated by the Night Side, this is a perfect gateway, and it comes with a complete set of tools. This new and revised edition of The Shadow Tarot features both the Major and Minor Shadow Arcana. They have been especially created for the exploration of the dark side of the psyche. For anyone setting out to explore their Shadow this is a perfect gateway and detailed instruction manual.
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Cults of the Shadow
By Kenneth Grant

Many sincere occultists have hesitated to study the notorious left hand path for fear of stumbling into incalculable evil and ultimate damnation. As the last student of Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant has no such hesitations. In he shows that the left hand path has no connection with black magic-it is a legitimate balance to the right hand path dating back to the primeval phases of consciousness. Grant leads us on a dark pathway through Africa's Ophidian (snake) tradition Egypt's Draconian cult and the Tantric secrets of India and Tibet into the present day.
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Hecate's Fountain
By Kenneth Grant


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Outer Gateways
By Kenneth Grant


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Nightside of Eden
By Kenneth Grant


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Aleister Crowley & the Hidden God
By Kenneth Grant


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