The Book of Pleasure – Austin Osman Spare

This 2011 large-format edition shows one of Spare’s most important works in outstandingly fine reproduction, with essays Alan Moore, Kenneth Grant and Michael Staley.


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Limited edition. London, UK: Jerusalem Press, 2011. Hardback, 60 pages. New.

First published in 1913, this  book is rich in full-page illustrations: many of  Spare’s most beautiful drawings,  automatic drawings and sigils. The work has established Spare as a formidable and unique figure in twentieth century western magic. This edition reprints all Spare’s graphics and half-tone illustrations from a particularly fresh and well-printed copy of the first edition.In addition it includes

  • the original 1913 introduction by Ernest H.R.Collings
  • the 1975 introduction by Kenneth Grant
  •  introduction by Alan Moore
  • analytical  essay by Michael Staley

The publisher has also located an original art work from the book and includes a new reproduction of it in each copy. A re-worked version of one of the original illustrations is also featured, This volume features endpapers and divider pages illustrated with photomontages of the original book. Edition limited to 900 standard copies.

“The Zos and the Kia, collective unconscious, Cosmic Mind – however we formulate it, this gnosis is at the heart of Spare’s work from its articulation in The Book of Pleasure, to its development throughout his subsequent work.” Michael Staley (from his essay)

“Spare’s book is one of pleasure. It speaks of the joy and the accomplishment that are the natural right of any soul unburdened by the world’s imprinted intellectual architectures and emotive double-binds … It is impossible to recommend this work too highly, so read on. Pleasure yourselves.” Alan Moore (from his introduction)