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Mystery of an Artist: Austin Osman Spare

Mystery of an Artist: Austin Osman Spare (New)

by Letchford, Frank

Publisher: I-H-O/Mandragora

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9781872189437, 1872189431

Price: $35.95



Introduction by Frank Letchford

Part I: The Illustrated Articles

  • Lucifer over London by Lewis Spence
  • The Horrible Horns by Martin Gardner
  • The Birth of an Idea by Algernon Blackwood
  • A dagger of the mind by Dorothy Edwards
  • The Mystery of an Artist by Hannen Swaffer

Part II: New Insight

  • Beyond Kiã: Inspiration
  • What’s in a Mind by Kenneth Walker
  • Mind to Mind by Kenneth Walker
  • Mind to Mind: But How? by Banesh Hoffmann
  • How Indeed? by Kenneth Walker
  • Mind to Mind and How by Zos Vel Thanatos (A.O. Spare)
  • Adventures with Inspiration by Hannen Swaffer

“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.” Caduceus Books

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