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Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare (Out of Print)
by Grant, Kenneth
Book ID: A8696, A8696
Fulgur Limited 2003. isbn 0953101622. Landscape quarto, wraps with French flaps. 96 pages in black and red. VG+. Note: additional shipping charges apply for international and priority orders.
Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare concerns one of the most unusual artists of the twentieth century. Frequently compared with luminaries such as Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Duerer and William Blake , the eccentric genius Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) was feted as an Edwardian draughtsman of exceptional power and ability -- but he quickly gained another reputation -- that of a practising sorcerer.
His early relationship with an aged member of the Witch Cult influenced his entire life, leading him into the more obscure byways of the occult world. Such was his knowledge and ability that Aleister Crowley claimed him as a disciple, but Spare was not born to follow. He turned his back on worldly ambition -- The "inferno of the normal" as he called it -- and devoted hist remarkable gifts to trafficking with the denizens of other dimensions.
Spare's highly individualistic system of sorcery is applicable to daily life. His magical deployment of art and sex in the service of self-realization may surprise or mystify, but for those who test his methods they will prove certain means of self-knowledge and consciousness expension -- doors opening on worlds of strange beauty.
Written by Kenneth Grant, Spare's literary executor, Images and Oracles is here reprinted after nearly thirty years in response to an increasing interest in the artist and his philosophy. It cnotanis a biographical essay that includes many personal recollections, a practical introduction to Spare's unusual system of sorcery -- and many excerpts from his final magical treatise: The Zoetic Grimoire of Zos.
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