DEAREST VERA: A Kaleidoscope of Facsimile Holograph Letters to his Friend, the Poet and Painter Vera Wainwright from Austin Osman Spare.Together with: Photos, Drawings, and Paintings.
London: Fulgur Limited, 2010. Deluxe edition, limited to ninety-three copies only, signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. A FINE COPY. Quarter hand-bound in purple goatskin in slipcase and jacket. Compiled by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. In his later creative life, Spare was sought out by artists and writers eager to receive insights of experience from the "Walworth Road Surrealist", but very few indeed who became good friends. Vera Wainwright was one such associate. She arrived in Spare's life as the clouds of war cast a long shadow over South London, and sought him out amid the debris of the blitz to offer her support and affection. DEAREST VERA is an account of their relationship as told by AOS himself, through the many letters sent to his new pupil. Those familiar with Austin Spare will find new insights to his life and theories on art, while newcomers will discover an eccentric and gifted artist sharing a lifetime's experience with an eager pupil. Compiled by Kenneth and Steffi Grant, this is a kaleidoscope of rare, unpublished correspondence, and a major resource for those seeking to better understand this complex and neglected magician. 192 pages. 4to. (Item ID: FUL-VERd)