Austin Osman Spare: Stealing the Fire from Heaven. Edited and with, A. R. Naylor, Edited.

Austin Osman Spare: Stealing the Fire from Heaven.

Thame, England: I-H-O Books, 2002. First Edition. Softcover. Small Quarto. Printed decorated wrappers. Illustrations. Text etc. printed in four colours. In his Introduction Anthony Naylor argues that a number of the capital letters and other decorations that are attributed to Spare in publications such as J.C. Squire's "Twelve Poems" were actually "lifted" from earlier sources. There follows a detailed assembly of the works in question ("The Stolen Fire") and then a selection of the works which contained capitals, tailpieces etc. by Spare (legitimate and otherwise): "Eight Poems" by W.B. Yeats; "The Grotesque" by Edmund Sullivan, "Automatic Drawing" by Austin Osman Spare and Frederick Carter (all from "Form" magazine); and "Twelve Poems" by J.C. Squire. Front cover curling a little, and bump to top fore-edge corner, causing a slight rippling of the page corners. Upper corner bumped, light chafing to fore-edge, neat felt-tip mark across bottom edge of text block (perhaps indicating that because of the bump the book was considered a "hurt"). Still overall a tight clean VG copy. Somewhat scarce now. Item #53751
ISBN: 1872189385

Price: $40.00

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