Announcing a New Austin Osman Spare Publication

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I am very proud that LAShTAL.COM has been invited to be the first to make the following announcement:

Announcing the publication by the Neptune Press, London, of:

Adventures in Limbo
Austin Osman Spare

With an Afterword by Keith Richmond

A beautifully crafted work comprising reproductions of twenty-four pencil sketches from a previously unpublished sketchbook by Austin Osman Spare. The book is an oblong quarto (215mm tall x 320mm long), with a printed dustjacket folded over thick card covers. The sketches are superb facsimiles of the originals, one to a page, single-sided, and have been printed on heavyweight 500 year ‘Goatskin parchment paper.’ The work also includes an historical Afterword by Keith Richmond.

The drawings, with colour pencil flourishes, were executed by Spare in 1944 and 1945, whilst he was still recovering from the injury and trauma of being ‘bombed out’ during the Blitz, a few years earlier. Spare considered the work in the book, which he titled Adventures in Limbo, to be amongst the ‘best’ of his work at the time, and described it modestly as ‘a fairly representative sample of my inventive work.’

This, the first publication of Adventures in Limbo, is printed in an edition limited to one hundred and seventy-four copies. Of these, twenty-four copies have been reserved for private distribution, with one hundred and fifty numbered copies available for sale.
£37.50 / US $69.50 each.

Official release: September 15, 2006. Given the genuinely small limitation, we strongly recommend that you place your order swiftly to avoid disappointment.

Copies are available exclusively from:

Weiser Antiquarian Books
P.O. Box 2050,
York Beach, ME, 03910-2050
Tel. 207-363-7253.

The Atlantis Bookshop
49A Museum Street,
London, WC1A 1LY
Tel. (0) 20 7405 2120

A small number of copies of the Private Edition of Adventures in Limbo are available for sale. This Private Edition is limited to a total of twenty-four copies, each of which is accompanied by an original drawing from the sketchbook, contained in a printed folder, loosely inserted at the rear of the volume. These sketches are 175mm x 255mm, and are in Very Good condition. Each sketch is initialled and dated by Spare. Please enquire for further details.

The price per copy of the Private Edition is £700.00 / $1325.00

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