SPARE, Austin Osman; BAX, Clifford

SPARE, Austin Osman; BAX, Clifford (eds). The Golden Hind: A Quarterly Magazine of Art & Literature Vol. 2 No. 7, April 1924

 

London: Published by Chapman and Hall, 1924

 

 

 

£ 500

 

 

4to (28.5 x 21 cm), [i], pp. 48, [i] + Table of contents; advertisement; includes poems, writings and art works by Clifford Bax, Dorothy Richardson, H. Graham Green, John Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Nora Wright, Sidney Hunt among others. Decorated tick card binding; edges very slightly scratched. Ex-libris of Pickford Waller on front pastedown; autograph signature of Austin Osman Spare and Clifford Bax (who also numbered it) on the first flyleaf. An excellent copy.

 

The magazine of art and literature The Golden Hind was edited by the writer and poet Clifford Bax and by the artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare. The Golden Hind appeared from October 1922 to July 1924.  As well as Bax and Spare, numerous other writers, poets and artists contributed to the magazine, including John Nash. Jack B. Yeats, Edith Sitwell, Evelyn Waugh and John Austen.

 

 

Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) was a great artist, influenced by symbolism and art nouveau his art which was known for its clear use of line, and its depiction of monstrous and sexual imagery. He was a student of the occultist Aleister Crowley and a  friend and mentor to the Thelemite author and ceremonial magician Kenneth Grant. One of Spare’s patrons was the wealthy property developer Pickford Waller, whose ex-libris is in this copy of the Golden Hind.  

 

 

Clifford Bax (1886-1962) was a prolific writer, playwright, poet and translator. He also worked with his brother, the composer Arnold Bax, who set some of his words to music. His circle of friends included Aleister Crowley, the composer Gustav Holst (whom he introduced to astrology), the critic James Agate, the artist Frieda Harris and the writer John Symonds.