Two Tracts on Cartomancy

By Austin O Spare, Gavin Semple (editor),

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Edited by Gavin Semple. Previously unpublished writing and very important for Spare studies.

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1 author picked Two Tracts on Cartomancy as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is a marvellous little book that delves into Spare’s engagement with fortune-telling by cards, particularly the story of his 1930s ‘Surrealist Racing Forecast Cards,’ which he sold through a small ad in the Exchange and Mart magazine.

They are quintessentially Spare, perhaps more than the recently discovered Spare tarot (juvenilia, in comparison, from before he went beyond conventional occultism). Along with previously unseen photos and Spare’s own essay "Mind to Mind and How" (“By a Sorcerer”), the heart of the book is Gavin’s "A Few Leaves from the Devil’s Picture Book." 

This was a milestone in Spare research, back…

From Phil's list on Austin Osman Spare.

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