THE CATALPA MONOGRAPHS: A Critical Survey of the Art and Writings of Austin Osman Spare.
London: Jerusalem Press, 2015. Limited DeLuxe Edition of 100 copies only. A FINE COPY IN SLIPCASE, sewn, doubled marble and Spare illustrated endpapers, tail bands, foil-blocked and quarter bound in leather with dust jacket. There are three special color plate sections as well as over one hundred black and white images in the text. Facsimile AOS exhibitions invite (1909) and original signed ink-drawing by the author are laid in the rear for this deLuxe edition only. The new edition from Stephen Pochin includes twenty early ink drawings from a recently discovered private collection. Also, an extensive new introduction on the themes and obsessions in Spare's art, including palimpsests and Realism. Added to this are fifty unpublished artworks by Austin Spare, with an expansion of the text of the original books and themes. Dr. William Wallace offers a new and updated inquiry into the volatile essence of Spare's art. In the interim, Wallace spent more than twenty years in research in the source imagery, and many new insights and revelations have emerged. By continuing to follow Spare's creative impetus, the author has explored not only classic occult texts and the alchemical arts, but has also found a rich vein of reference and allusion to biblical texts, together with the art of Blake, Hogarth and Shakespeare. 245 pages, indexed. Royal octavo. (Item ID: F3-J-CMd)