By late April 2012, all pre-order copies of the Deluxe Edition of Dr. Nevill Drury’s Dark Spirits: The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare – strictly limited to 95 copies numbered by hand, fully bound in black leather with gilt title and device, silk bookmark ribbon, and accompanied by an exclusive hand numbered print of the terrible Werplon entity encountered by Rosaleen Norton – had been snapped up by a mix of dedicated esoteric practitioners, astute bibliographic investors and ‘curious readers’. Sincere gratitude to the fine individuals who subscribed to the Deluxe Edition:
Steven Doelan, Michael Thompson, Jesse A. Mantyh, Scott Madison, Thomas Karlsson, Robert Wallis, Maria Azambuja, Michael Gallant, Alan Kostrencic, Jonathan Davies, Angi Patton, Lutz Lemke, Paul Bisanti, Gary Owen, Simon Buxton, David Beth, Richard Kaczynski, Peter Oravetz, John Smith, Cameron Lindo, AJNA, Arild Stromsvag, Neil Graf, Mark Corcoran, David Kairis, Jesper Petersen, Adam McLean, Paul Prescott, Esoteric Source, Stanton Marlan, William Kiesel, Tim Hartridge, Melissa Reaburn-Jenkin, Allan Harrison, Mariusz Doering, Jacqueline Maher, Darcy Kuntz, Sue Cavanagh-Lang, William Morris, Matthew Ward, Amy Duncan, William Burkle, Paul Bland, Patrice Maleze, Michael Douglas, Gudni Gudnason, Jerusalem Press, Aron Clark, Robert Wyatt, Mitch Stargrove, Judith Illes, Andersen Andrews, David Heney, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule, Greg Brown, Evelyn Hall, David Metcalfe, David Greenhill, Shellay Maughan, Brian Broadt, Kenneth Iverson, and Mark Mould.
Due to considerable demand from those who had missed out on a Deluxe Edition of Dark Spirits, we elected to publish a standard hardcover edition, also limited to just 95 copies. This edition will be bound simply in cloth with a dust jacket, unnumbered and without the Werplon print.
Both the Deluxe Edition and the standard hardcover edition will be published on 05 December 2012 in order to coincide with the 33rd anniversary of Rosaleen Norton’s death – and with our profound apologies for the necessary revisions of publication dates. Later posts during October will feature more updates, excerpts and page spreads (the latter of which are currently being proofed by the author).