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 violet Goatskin and premium mauve cloth with illustrated end papers, and placed in a custom slipcase with dust 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 at the beginning of World War II, and sought him out in South London 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 of the actual letters sent to his new pupil, and this correspondence offers new insights into his life, theories on art, and magick. Compiled by Kenneth and Steffi Grant, this is a collection of rare, unpublished correspondence, and a major resource for those seeking to better understand this complex and neglected magician. 192 pages. 4to.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)