Hardback in very good, approaching fine, condition. Black boards with gilt titles. Clean and tightly bound. No annotations or inscriptions. Dust jacket unclipped, very good. Illustrated with colour plates and black and white pictures in the text.
London has harboured many curious characters but few more curious than the artist and visionary, Austin Osman Spare. A controversial enfant terrible of the Edwardian art world, the young Spare was hailed as a genius and a new Aubrey Beardsley. But Spare was never made for worldly success and he went underground, falling out of the gallery system to live in poverty and obscurity south of the river. Absorbed in occultism and sorcery, voyaging into inner dimensions and surrounding himself with cats and familiar spirits, he continued to produce extraordinary art while developing a magical philosophy of pleasure, obsession and the subjective nature of reality.
This groundbreaking biographical study offers wide ranging insights into Spare's art, mind and world, reconnecting him with the art history that ignored him and exploring his parallel London. (Taken from inside the dust jacket)