Lot 332 of 426:
Austin Osman Spare, Automatic Drawings  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
A Book of Automatic Drawings
Author:
Spare, Austin Osman
Place:
London
Publisher:
Catalpa Press
Date:
1972
Description:

[20] leaves. Introduction by Ian Law. 12 full page reproductions of drawings (including allegorical frontispiece) with other designs. (Folio) 43.1x30 cm (17x11¾"), original wrappers with printed cover label. No. 566 of an edition limited to 1,000 copies. 

Austin Osman Spare was an English artist and occultist who worked as both a draughtsman and a painter. Influenced by symbolism and art nouveau his art was known for its clear use of line, and its depiction of monstrous and sexual imagery.  In an occult capacity, he developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Light soiling to wrappers, hints of edgewear, else fine.
 
Item number:
307377
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