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Sunday, August 21, 2016



The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
Edited by Jonathan Allen
Published by Strange Attractor Press in association with The Magic Circle, and supported by Arts Council England. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, London.
336pp pages, hardback, 233mm x 174mm
Fully illustrated in colour, with over 200 images. Standard edition.
List Price: $52.50

In the Spring of 2013 a 79-card, hand-painted tarot deck created c.1906 by the mystic and artist Austin Osman Spare, was identified within the collections of The Magic Circle Museum in London.

Austin Spare’s life-long interest in cartomancy is well documented, yet very few of his own fortune-telling cards were thought to have survived. This compelling new example of the artist’s early work demonstrates his precocious involvement with the currents that shaped the British Occult Revival at the beginning of 20th century, and his interactions with some of the period’s lesser-known protagonists.

Magic Circle Museum curator and artist Jonathan Allen immediately recognised that Spare’s cards were not only art-historically significant, but also entirely unknown outside of The Magic Circle’s collections, and set about tracing the deck’s provenance, its place in the artist’s oeuvre and within the wider histories of cartomancy.

Lost Envoy reproduces Austin Spare’s tarot deck in its entirety for the first time, alongside new written and visual contributions from Jonathan Allen, Phil Baker, Helen Farley, Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Sally O’Reilly and Gavin Semple.

The book is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, with a cover incorporating the vibrant back colours of Spare’s cards, a period binding common to many of the volumes found in The Magic Circle library and a gold deboss of the artist’s autographic ‘bird-head’ motif, as discovered within the deck itself. The numbered and debossed special edition contains several fold-out sections showing conspicuous alignment between cards.

Published by Strange Attractor Press in association with The Magic Circle, and supported by Arts Council England. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, London.

INFERNAL LEGENDSBy J. Collin de Plancy, Michael Coles (Editor), Anna Dorzhieva (Illustrator), Jean Christophe-Dufau (Translator)

Leather Bound in slipcase: This book is a handsome octavo volume bound in real tan leather, featuring a brown leather spine and corners. The book features full-color endpapers, an index and bookmark. Each book is delivered in a custom designer box.
Publisher: Abracax House, 2016
List Price: $69.50

In a series of fascinating short stories, famed occultist and demonologist author J. Collin de Plancy explores the world of infernal deal-making.

De Plancy's characters run the gamut from the innocent to the most violent and hated figures of the day. The stories delve into the supernatural and explore people who tricked the Devil and those who came up on the losing end of infernal pacts. 

De Plancy even explores what happens when the Devil must preach the word of God and the consequences of asking the Virgin Mary to intervene on behalf of the righteous.

About the Author: J. Collin de Plancy was a famed 19th-century French occultist, demonologist, researcher and writer on supernatural topics. He published several works on occultism and demonology. Jean-Christophe Dufau is a book author and expert translator, whose works include the first English language translation of the full text of De Plancy's Infernal Dictionary and The Amusements of Cartomancy.

Illustrated English Translation of Pseudomonarchia Daemonum
By Johann Weyer (Author), Michael Coles (Editor), Natalia Zasadzinska (Translator)

Leather Bound in slipcase: Each octavo volume is bound in red leather with a black leather spine and gold foil embossing. The English text is shown in black, side-by-side with the original Latin text in red. In addition, the book has a new index, bookmark and full-color endpapers. The book is delivered in a designer box.
Publisher: Abracax House, 2016
List Price: $69.50

Johann Weyer's "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" is considered the great-granddaddy of demonic catalogues.

Many later works, including Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft" and the Goetia, are considered derivatives of Weyer's classic.

A limited quantity of this real leather-bound edition of "The False Hierarchy of Demons: Illustrated English Translation of Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" were produced. This new definitive translation of Weyer's four hundred-year-old encyclopedic work of demonology includes digitally enhanced and enlarged versions of de Plancy's 19th-century woodcuts from Dictionnaire Infernal, demonic seal reproductions and newly commissioned full-color illustrations from an international team of fantasy artists, each providing a unique modern vision of these infernal beings.

The "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" was originally published as an appendix to the hugely popular "De Prestigiis Daemonum."

Since then, it has been used as the definitive reference and source for dozens of grimoires including The Lesser Key of Solomon and Dictionnaire Infernal.

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