By Austin Osman Spare. Self published. Believed to be only 300 copies printed. Printed by the Co-operative Printing Society, London. 1913.
Small folio, 10 1/2" x 15 1/2" (approx). Black buckram over soft boards, white lettering to front, no titling to spine. Paper is woven, deckle edged. Front free end paper has prior owner's receipt pasted to top edge and two pencil notations at top right. End papers are dust marked with some foxing. Internally there is a small pencil mark on the edge of the title page. Otherwise, apart from some very light tanning to the edges, the book is in very good condition; clean and complete. The front cover has a bend/crease as shown in the photo and a 3/4" tear at the top front of the spine.
60 pages, + (iv). Includes 9 full page halftone illustrations with many smaller illustrations throughout. Generally regarded as Spare's most important work in which he introduces his system of sigil magic. Published in 1913, the magical system which Spare describes is one of curious originality, and the book apparently rates as one of the most important and innovative occult works of the twentieth century. According to Spare scholar Robert Ansell only about 300 copies were actually produced, despite a proposed print-run of 800 copies (see Robert Ansell's bibliography in "Zos Speaks!").