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. FINE COPY IN SLIPCASE, sewn, marbled 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. A revised and much expanded republication of the classic, and now long out of print, set, THE EARLY WORK OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE, 1900-1919 & THE LATER WORK OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE, 1917-1956, which was originally issued in 1989. The new edition from Jerusalem will include twenty early ink drawings from a recently discovered private collection. Also, an extensive new introduction analyzes 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 Added to this are fifty unpublished artworks by Austin Spare, with an expansion of the text of the original books and themes. William Wallace returns to his first works as the basis for 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 the biblical texts, together with the art of Blake, Hogarth and Shakespeare. (Item ID: M27-J-CMd)