Softcover. Small quarto. 198pp. Illustrated thick card covers with printed inner flaps. Illustrated in colour and b/w. Bibliography & index. The paperback edition. A richly-illustrated study of the two pre-eminent twentieth century artist-magicians, Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare, by Nevill Drury (author of "Pan's Daughter" and numerous studies of Western magical traditions). Drury gives a biographical overview and analysis of the occult symbolism and approaches of both artists; in his introduction the author recounts the importance of Norton and Spare in influencing his own interest and later exploration of both the Occult and Art. A well-produced volume, with numerous examples of the artists' work and contemporary photographs.
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Book Description Salamander & Sons, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW LEATHER-BOUND Australian HARDBACK. LIMITED Ed. #86/95. COMPLETE w. numbered print [86/95] by Christopher Kramer of QLIPHANO by Norton. NO DJ, as Published. Bound-In Book Ribbon. NO remainder mark. "Although they never met, the Australian witch Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) and British visionary artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) shared many points in common. As occult practitioners operating within the Western esoteric tradition, both artists were well versed in the literature of Western magic, Theosophy, kabbalah, Eastern mysticism, and modern psychoanalysis. Fascinated by mediæval magical grimoires, they also explored the ¿seals¿ associated with elemental spirit-beings and developed unique forms of sigil magic. Perhaps even more significantly, Norton and Spare utilised their own personal techniques of self-hypnosis and trance in order to produce their distinctive visionary artworks. As this book demonstrates, there is a clear parallel between the trance states associated with the Zos / Kia cosmology of Spare and the trance magic of Norton. Profiling both artists in detail, and with in excess of 120 colour and black and white images, Dark Spirits explores the unique contributions of both Spare and Norton as visionary outsiders and is necessary reading for anyone interested in the nether regions of the magical psyche." | SHIPS AIRMAIL INTERNATIONALLY! [Extra postage for Priority & International delivery]. Bookseller Inventory # 002964