The Book of Pleasure
|Author||Austin Osman Spare|
|Publisher||Cooperative Printing Society Limited, Tudor Street, E.C.|
|Media type||Limited print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||A Book of Satyrs
|Followed by||The Focus of Life (1921)|
The Book of Pleasure (Self-Love): Psychology of Ecstasy is a book written by Austin Osman Spare during 1909–1913 and self-published in 1913.
The book could be regarded the central text among his writings. It covers both mystical and magical aspects of Spare's ideas; as the modern ideas on sigils (as now have become popular in chaos magic) and Spare's special theory on incarnation are for the first time introduced in this book.
The book had originally been planned as a mutus liber of illustrations only – "the Wisdom without words", but was expanded later.
The book has been reissued several times:
- Quebec: 93 Publishing, 1975.
- Northampton: Sut Anubis, 1987 (facsimile).
- See here for more information.
- Grant, Kenneth, Outer Gateways
- Semple, W. Gavin, ZOS-KIA, 1995, Fulgur Limited, page 8