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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Austin Osman Spare (30 December 1886 - 15 May 1956) was an English artist who developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self. His artistic work is characterized by skilled draughtsmanship exhibiting a complete mastery of the use of the line, and often employs monstrous or fantastic magical and sexual imagery.


Privately printed by Spare during his lifetime
Books illustrated by Spare
  • Behind the Veil issued by David Nutt 1906
  • Songs From The Classics published by David Nutt 1907
  • The Shadow of the Ragged Stone published by Elkin Matthews 1909
  • The Equinox published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd. 1909
  • On the Oxford Circuit published by Smith, Elder & Co. 1909
  • The Starlit Mire published by John Lane 1911
  • Eight Poems published by Form at The Morland Press Ltd. 1916
  • Twelve Poems published by The Morland Press Ltd. 1916
  • The Gold Tree published by Martin Secker 1917
  • The Youth and the Sage privately printed, 1927
Magazines edited by Spare
  • Form - A Quarterly Of The Arts 1916-1922
  • Golden Hind 1922-1924

The majority of the books listed above are available as modern reprints. For a more complete listing see Clive Harper's Revised Notes Towards A Bibliography of Austin Osman Spare.

Significant titles published since Spare's death include Poems and Masks, A Book of Automatic Drawings, The Collected Works of Austin Osman Spare, Axiomata & The Witches' Sabbath, From The Inferno To Zos (3 Vol. Set), The Book of Ugly Ecstasy, and Zos Speaks.

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