THE FOCUS OF LIFE: The Mutterings of Aãos. With the Original Conceptual Folio Now for the First Time Published.
UK: Fulgur Limited, 2012. Limited to 88 hand-numbered copies only. A VERY FINE COPY, quarter bound in true vellum and custom cloth, with flourishes, slipcased. The FOCUS is arguably the most biographically significant of all Spare’s published works. Often obscure, magical and fragmentary, it invites exploration of a strange Nietzschean landscape through what Spare termed ‘the labyrinth of the alphabet.’ But the recent discovery of Spare’s original Conceptual Folio for the book, once owned by the writer E.M. Forster, has revealed an unseen series of powerful magico-erotic drawings – termed by Spare ‘blasphemous Ideographs’ – that provide an important key to understanding the ‘secret ritual of Self-Love’ that underlies this evocative and deeply personal work. This new issue of The Focus of Life provides readers with a high quality facsimile of the 1921 first edition, together with a full color facsimile of the newly discovered Conceptual Folio for the project. Drawings too explicit for publication in 1921 have thus been reunited with the magical narrative, providing new insight for those exploring the artist’s life and magical philosophy. These important works are further augmented with critical essays from Phil Baker and Robert Ansell. Originally issued by Morland Press in 1921, Fulgur’s new edition has been in the making for several years. Robert Ansell of Fulgur is the designer, compiler & editor. Small folio. 128 pages. (Item ID: FUL-FOLd)