London: Privately Published. First Edition. Folio 18" x Original brown paper wrappers with black title etc. Secured with cloth ties at spine.

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London: Privately Published. First Edition. Folio 18" x Original brown paper wrappers with black title etc. Secured with cloth ties at spine. Eleven large black and white illustrations mostly full page and numerous decorations by Spare throughout. The book was printed for Spare at the Co-operative Printing Society in Tudor Street, London, in February , in an edition of signed and numbered copies.

There were several different binding variants of the book, although the majority were in brown wrappers thus. This copy numbered , and signed by Spare on the limitation page. In it the young artist juxtaposed huge, sometimes sinister images with teasing lyrics to create a vivid image of the darkly magical philosophy which informed his world-view. The front wrapper has one thin vertical scrape, both wrappers are lightly rubbed and have a few small chips and tears around the edges.

Lower cloth tie perished. Occasional modest foxing throughout, but still a very nice, clean, example of a truly scarce and important work. Item Item Sold. Ask a Question. Check all categories that are of interest to you.

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Earth Inferno. London: Co-Operative Printing Society Limited, February [but dated on illustrations and on the verso of the final printed leaf]. Folio x mm. Woodcut illustrations by the "ARC" engraving Co. Original green buckram lettered in black, uncut corners lightly bumped, some very light staining. Harper A1a. A printed "Foreword", appearing on page 4 of the book, by the unknown and unexplained "C.


Austin Osman Spare - Earth Inferno-1905

VlNG -CQ. N venturing to. The Text is not Intended to fully explain, and the reader must be left to place his own Interpretation upon the illustration, which is not grotesque f'or the sake Df originality, but representative Df the.. Inferno" Df Earth emblematical In Art. In turning contemptuously, as many will, from these Spare creations, remember-they cannot be proved to be senseless although they may seem so. Who can appreciate.


Earth Inferno by Austin Osman Spare

Earth Inferno is the first book by the English artist and magician Austin Osman Spare when he was Conceived as an anti-establishment reaction to the publicity surrounding his inclusion in the Royal Academy summer show in , the book was developed over the remainder of that year and was eventually published in Printed by the Co-Operative Printing Society, the book was designed by the artist and self-published in an edition of numbered and signed copies. Influenced heavily by Dante 's Inferno the book is decorated with poems and aphorisms in an aesthetic style and clearly shows the design influence of Spare's early supporter Charles Ricketts. Each pair of pages contains a painting and a commentary toward that painting. Published when the artist was 18 years of age the book introduces the reader for the first time to Spare's fundamental concepts such as Kia, Ikkah and Sikah and Zos. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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