THE BOOK OF UGLY ECSTASY. Together with: THE VALLEY OF FEAR (the tinted sequel). Two volumes.
London: Fulgur, 1997-2009. FIRST TRADE EDITIONS. A FINE SET without dust jackets. These are important sketchbooks of immensely powerful line drawings from 1924 which directly communicates that peculiar ecstatic energy which is at the heart of the cultus of which Spare was an adept. The volume includes a prophetic excerpt from Spare's unpublished writings, with a brief introduction by Robert Ansell. The VALLEY volume is made up of delicately hand tinted original drawings & have been reproduced in full color. The work has been augmented by an illuminating essay by Robert Ansell in which the metaphysical and magical themes are explored and Spare's methodologies for creating states of magical aesthesis for his audience are examined and discussed. Tall 4to. (Item ID: F3-17118)