The above postcard is of a small reproduction of an Austin Osman Spare’s“The New Eden” autographed by Jimmy Page.“The New Eden” was first published by Chapman & Hall in 1922 in The Golden Hind, Vol 1. No. 1.The Golden Hind, was an artistic and literary magazine that appeared from October 1922 and folded in July 1924 only after eight issues.
The Golden Hind was edited by Austin Osman Spare and Clifford Bax, the English writer, playwright, journalist, critic, poet and close associate of Aleister Crowley.Bax was known to have introduced Aleister Crowley to Frieda Harris, best known for her artistic design of Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck.
“The New Eden” was first published as a two page lithograph in which a naked woman is on her knee, her hands tied behind the back in the exact position utilized by some witchcraft groups for scourging to induce astral projection. She stares at a coiled snake while a Spare as a bat entity looks out at the viewer, above is slip of a moon. A powerful image of Spare’s witchcraft.