The Book of Pleasure (2011 edition) from Jerusalem Press

Announcing the new edition of…

The Book of Pleasure (Self-Love) The Psychology
 of Ecstasy
by Austin Osman Spare

First published in 1913, this magical book 
is resplendent with full page symbolist illustrations that represent some of the
 artist’s most corrosive and beautiful draughtsmanship. It is also festooned with examples of his automatic drawings and sigils, this work has established Spare as a formidable and unique figure in twentieth century western magic.
Fine Image Reproduction

This edition reprints all the graphics and half-tone illustrations from a particularly fresh and well printed copy of the first edition. We have also located an original art work from the book and include a new reproduction for inclusion in this edition. Furthermore, a colour frontispiece features a re-worked version of one of the original illustrations.

New Contextual Essays

Featuring an evocative introduction by Alan Moore and an illustrated analytical magical essay by Michael Staley.

“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)

Deluxe Limited Edition:
100 hand-numbered copies, signed by Mr Moore and Mr Staley
Quarter-bound in morroco with black moire silk sides. 100 pages, 215 x 305mm. 
Head and tail spine bands
. Silk ribbon bookmark
. Dust-jacket and slipcase
Including a specially commissioned limited edition numbered Letterpress
 ex-libris, designed and produced by Joseph Uccello
(exclusively through website)

Standard Limited Edition: 900 copies, hand numbered.
 100 pages, 215 x 305mm. 
Hardback cloth bound, with dust-jacket
(US, Canada, Pacific Rim customers: JD Holmes)

Publication is scheduled for March 2011
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