The Book Of Pleasure: Update

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For the first time since starting LAShTAL.COM, I’m going to re-publish an announcement…

I’ve just received my deluxe copy of the new edition of Austin Osman Spare’s The Book Of Pleasure and, quite simply, I’m astounded. It’s a beautiful production; quite possibly the most attractive book in my archive, absolutely doing justice to the great quality of Spare’s work. I understand that there are fewer than a dozen copies still available: if you’re a fan of Spare’s work, buy one!

Featuring an evocative introduction by Alan Moore and an illustrated analytical magical essay by Michael Staley, this edition reprints all the graphics and half-tone illustrations from a particularly fresh copy of the first edition. The text has been reset and the book also features a re-worked version of one of the original illustrations, alongside Mr Staley’s eulogy to Kenneth Grant, detailing his relationship with this work.

Illustrated endpapers and divider pages feature photomontages of the original book are overprinted with designs by Spare in silk varnish.

The deluxe cover has a striking chevron design out of moired silk and leather. A few copies still remain and also include a special insert, ‘The Books of Pleasure’, a new bibliography written by Clive Harper. This item is numbered and signed by the author.
Deluxe Limited Edition:
100 hand-numbered copies, signed by Mr Moore and Mr Staley
Hand-bound in quarter morroco (with black moire silk sides)
100 pages, 215 x 305 mm 
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
(A few copies remain, available exclusively through website)

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

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