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Images & Oracles of Austin Osman Spare

Images & Oracles of Austin Osman Spare by Kenneth Grant, the 2003 hardcover from Fulgur Limited, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. The only place that appears to have this still new in stock is JD Holmes, so the rare 1976 Weiser Books edition seems to have been joined in rareness by the 500 copies of the 2003 Fulgur reprint.

Kenneth Grant Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare from Fulgur Limited

Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare concerns one of the most unusual artists of the twentieth century. Frequently compared with luminaries such as Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Dürer and William Blake, the eccentric genius Austin Osman Spare (1886–1956) was fêted as an Edwardian draughtsman of exceptional power and ability—but he quickly gained another reputation—that of a practising sorcerer.

His early relationship with an aged member of the Witch Cult influenced his entire life, leading him into the more obscure byways of the occult world. Such was his knowledge and ability that Aleister Crowley claimed him as a disciple, but Spare was not born to follow. He turned his back on worldly ambition—the ‘inferno of the normal’ as he called it—and devoted his remarkable gifts to trafficking with the denizens of other dimensions.

Spare’s highly individualistic system of sorcery is applicable to daily life. His magical deployment of art and sex in the service of self-realization may surprise or mystify, but for those who test his methods they will prove certain means of self-knowledge and consciousness expansion—doors opening on worlds of strange beauty.

Written by Kenneth Grant, Spare’s literary executor, Images and Oracles is here reprinted after nearly thirty years in response to an increasing interest in the artist and his philosophy. It contains a biographical essay that includes many personal recollections, a practical introduction to Spare’s unusual system of sorcery—and many excerpts from his final magical treatise: The Zoetic Grimoire of Zos.” — flap copy

Vūdū Cartography

Vudu Cartography: The Autobiography of Michael Houdeaux by Michael Bertiaux, the 2010 hardcover from Fulgur Limited, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Michael Bertiaux Vudu Cartography from Fulgur Limited

Vūdū Cartography explores the mysteries of ‘Les Vūdū’ through chants, oracles, séances and a symbolic system of images—all connected by a descriptive narrative which leads us, like a dusty highway, through the shimmering landscape.

Drawn from his rich experiences in Haiti, Bertiaux’s own evocative voudon ‘art brut’ creates a map for those regions of ‘invisible power’, giving the reader strange ingress to the ‘mysteries and hiddenesses of an exotic theology, with its spiritist twists and turns and esoteric spaces.’

Abraxas 1

Abraxas Issue 1 [also], International Journal of Esoteric Studies, the Autumn Equinox 2009 standard issue from Fulgur, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. It appears, as of this writing, there is at least one copy of this still available through J D Holmes.

Abraxas issue 1 from Fulgur Limited

This was the inaugural issue for this new journal, and had contributions from Daniel A Schulke, Stephen Grasso, Stuart Inman, Francesco Parisi, Edward Gauntlett, James Butler, Sarah Penicka-Smith, Zachary Cox, Allyson Shaw, John Callow, Ellie Hughes, Phil Hine, Naagrom, Rebecca Beattie Stephen J Clarke, Lily Moss, Roberto Migliussi, Dolorosa, and Aleister Crowley.

“Nearly twelve years ago, while reading the typescripts for Zos Speaks! I found myself absorbed by plans between Austin Spare and Kenneth Grant to launch an esoteric magazine in the early 1950s. It was to be ‘essentially a coterie of adepts’ affirmed Spare, and ‘a work of art as a production’ with ‘the best typography and reproduction of drawings.’ This seemed to me such an excellent proposition that it was easy to become inspired, but the practical challenges against starting such a lavish venture in the late 1990s were daunting.” — Robert Ansell [via]


The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Voudon Gnosis

Voudon Gnosis by David Beth, with an introduction by Michael Bertiaux, the 2010, revised and enlarged, standard edition hardcover from Fulgur Limited, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

David Beth Michael Bertiaux Voudon Gnosis from Fulgur Limited

“There exists a tradition of Gnosis and Sorcery which is unique in contemporary Esotericism. Unfolding from within an exotic lineage of initiatic Haitian Voudon, empowered and enriched by a variety of occult and Gnostic systems, the ever evolving world of Esoteric Voudon, or Voudon Gnosis, has intrigued and unsettled magical practitioners, scholars and artists for decades.

This book is the first comprehensive treatise of the fascinating spiritist realms which constitute the highly practical system of Voudon Gnostisicism. From sexual magic to fetich sorcery, from the qliphotic realms on the Tree of Death, to Esoteric Love and Time-Travelling. David Beth leads us towards making contact with the darkest levels and most ancient forms of consciousness and power.”


The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Focus of Life

Fulgur has announced a new edition of Austin Osman Spare‘s The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aãos, which notably includes rediscovered drawings that weren’t included in the original publication. The deluxe issue is already sold out, but a facsimile of the 1921 edition is still available. There’s also a launch event where original Spare “magico-erotic drawings, letters, ephemera and further drawings from the book” will be shown at the Store Street Gallery, London, on Nov 25th, 2012.



The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aãos, is arguably the most biographically significant of all Spare’s published works. Often obscure, magical and fragmentary, it invites exploration of a strange Nietzschean landscape through what Spare termed ‘the labyrinth of the alphabet.’ But the recent discovery of Spare’s original conceptual folio for the book, once owned by the respected writer E.M. Forster, has revealed an unseen series of powerful magico-erotic drawings – termed by Spare ‘blasphemous Ideographs’ – that provide an important key to understanding the ‘secret ritual of Self-Love’ that underlies this evocative and deeply personal work.

This new issue of The Focus of Life provides readers with a high quality facsimile of the 1921 first edition, together with a full colour facsimile of the newly discovered conceptual folio for the project. Drawings too explicit for publication in 1921 have thus been reunited with the magical narrative, providing new insight for those exploring the artist’s life and magical philosophy. These important works are further augmented with critical essays from Phil Baker and Robert Ansell.


We are also pleased to say there will be a special exhibition and book launch for this title at the Store Street Gallery, 32 Store Street, Bloomsbury (next to Treadwell’s) on Sunday 25th November, 2012. Original drawings from The Focus of Life will be on display, plus letters, ephemera and the incredible suite of magic-erotic drawings. All are welcome.

The Focus of Life (Redux)

Book Launch and Exhibition
November 25th, 2012

12 midday until 5pm

The Store Street Gallery
32 Store Street
London” [via]

Shopping for Hermetic and Alchemical Books in Amsterdam

Shopping for Hermetic and Alchemical Books in Amsterdam” is a post by Woody Evans, over on the Ultraculture group blog, about a visit to the Ritman Library and seeing the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica collection. Also, I notice in passing that the Ritman Library’s website has been updated.

“Earlier this year I had the good fortune to find myself in Amsterdam. As a visit to the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica was on my short list of “to do,” I hit the pavement and wandered through Jordaan until I found its very discreet position at No. 13, Bloemstraat. You’ve kind of got to work the city a little bit to find it, and surely it’s easier if you speak the Dutch. I don’t.” [via]

The final paragraph gives passing mention to the Esoteric Book Conference, a few publishers and a particular hat tip to the Hermetic Library:

“It’s worth mentioning the resurgence in fine alchemical printing going on at the moment — plenty to see and learn about new works at the Esoteric Book Conference (in Seattle, the 15-16 of September). And see also: Hadean Press, Papaveria, Fulgur. I think the folks at The Hermetic Library also know some some stories about the Ritman Collection.” [via]

Fulgur Esoterica

You might want to check out the recent redesign of the site for Fulgur Limited, which site is now titled Fulgur Esoterica. The small print on the site still mentions Fulgur Limited, so it isn’t clear to me that this is a complete identity change, but may be specifically about creating a new site to better fit with an overall mission beyond just books, but to be active in the broader realm of esoterica.

“Twenty years ago, on an especially dark and stormy summer night, FULGUR was born. To celebrate our birthday I am delighted to announce a completely new website for the company, developed by Kaitlin Reeves of FORM & FUNCTION. FULGUR ESOTERICA refines our founding principles and supports our continued initiative to represent esoteric artists working within the genre. With this aim in mind, I am delighted to now be representing Francesco Parisi, Denis Forkas Kostromitin and Peter Dyde. Each of these artists has a commitment to producing work of exceptional quality, and we have several extraordinary projects in progress that will be announced over the coming months.” — Robert Ansell via Fulgur Esoterica newsletter [via]

“The creation of Fulgur is my response to the present state of occult publishing. The modern impetus seems to be the inauguration of important ideas without magical regard for presentation. Crowley and Spare both acknowledged the talismanic aspect of book production. The majority of their works are commensurate with the quality of the original idea, and were published at the most auspicious magical moment. Therefore my desire for FULGUR is to flesh the Current and bring magical creativity to design (through inspiration). I would also hope our publications will prove a matrix for new ideas and embody a talismanic regard for production in both materials and publication dates…” — Robert Ansell, writing to Kenneth Grant, October 29th, 1992 [via]

Bound by Intent

Bound by Intent” is a special presentation you may be interested in that will be taking place at the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Sept 15-16th.

“Twenty years ago, two of the most influential studios of the modern revival in esoteric publishing were founded: Xoanon and Fulgur. Their approaches returned vivified magical presence to the medium of the book through fascinative design and content. The Esoteric Book Conference is proud to host Bound By Intent, an interactive event commemorating the work of these two presses.

This historic exhibition charts the magical development of these publishers through the books that have entranced a generation. The narrative is further illustrated by rare variant issues, telesmata, contemporary photographs, correspondence, proof copies and ephemera concerning some of the most notable authors in modern occultism, including Austin Spare, Kenneth Grant, Michael Bertiaux and Andrew Chumbley.

Special signed souvenir copies of exclusive premiums from both publishers will also be available at this special EBC event, together with unique items available only at the event. Entry is free.” [via]

Book launch for Solve by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

Book launch for Solve by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, published by Fulgur Limited, will happen at Treadwell’s Books in London, UK on Fri, Jul 20 from 7pm until 10pm.

“The Launch of ‘Solve’, the Black Book in Orryelle’s Alchymic Tela Quadrivium series being progressively published by Fulgur Limited – http://www.fulgur.co/uk
Some of the large originals on black paper from the book will be exhibited (and for sale) on the night as well as other works by Orryelle, who will also present a short talk and musical (violin and voice) performance.
Entry is free but RSVP is required by calling or visiting Treadwells: 020 7419 8507.” [via]


“Last year, Orryelle’s COAGULA became one of our fastest selling titles. In fact, within nine months of release the entire edition had sold out. We are therefore very pleased to announce the third volume in the artist’s Tela Quadrivium series. In describing this new work Orryelle says ‘SOLVE dis-solves the gold distilled in Coagula, tears apart our egos, dismembers our bodies and hurls any conceptions of perfection back into the primal void. Herein lies death, destruction, and the Prima Materia, the base matter, the Al Khem — the fertile black soil of decomposing forms, the compost for new growth. In an exploration of the Nigredo or Blackening phase of Alchemy, the concepts of Black Magic are re-examined in this ThanatErotic tome of the backward winding path; from the darkness of the womb to the darkness of the tomb…'” [via]