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THE WITCHES SABBATH / AXIOMATA (1992) by Austin Osman Spare

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THE WITCHES SABBATH / AXIOMATA (1992) by Austin Osman Spare

395.00

SPARE, Austin Osman (preface by Robert Ansell)

The Witches Sabbath / Axiomata

London: Fulgur, 1992. Hardcover. Quarto. Black cloth with gilt devices to front and back and gilt spine titles. In a black matching dust jacket Color frontispieces to each title are tipped in. Serpent-themed bookmark with red ribbon is also the errata slip. Also laid in is a black and white photograph of Spare at work in his studio. Two titles in one volume ([xii] + 20, [x] + 22pp), each starting from opposite ends and ending in the middle. Illustrated with full page black and white drawings by Spare. 

A fine copy in like dust jacket.

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Both volumes contained herein have never been published before. Each title begins at opposite ends of the book (read one, then flip the book over and read the other). The Witches' Sabbath was first mentioned by Kenneth Grant in The Magical Revival where he quotes sections of the text and gives an enlightened commentary. It includes Spare's highly sexualized account of the Witches Sabbath, of which he claimed to have partaken in on numerous occasions. Axiomata is the name given to a collection of forty aphorisms that talk of magic and philosophy. In these writings the full development of Spare's ideology is revealed. The pure magical themes of The Book of Pleasure can here be seen refracted by a lifetime of experience. Prayers and recitations written in Spare's pithy style are peppered with terms only before found in the works of Kenneth Grant. The importance of words in Spare's magical arsenal is made clear, and gives a new meaning to 'reading inbetween the lines.' To complement the text there are twenty unpublished 'automatic' sketches of sabbath scenes, each a semblance of a haunting reality; these have been taken from a 1952 sketchbook and communicate the depth and consistency of his recurrent vision. In addition there are two colored frontispieces; a pair of Spare's most powerful magical pastels, 'Mind and Body' and 'Birth of a Hydra' exhibited in the 1953 White Bear tavern show.