EIKOSTOS: Bibliography & Exhibition Catalogue (Limited Edition Hardcover)


EIKOSTOS: Bibliography & Exhibition Catalogue (Limited Edition Hardcover)

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Full variegated natural linen with colour printed dust jacket. 106 pp, 32 illustrations in full colour, plus additional black & white images. 740 copies printed. A fine copy, as new in dust jacket.

The face of the magical order Cultus Sabbati, a body of English traditional witchcraft initiates, first manifest in 1992 with the publication of Azoëtia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft by Andrew D. Chumbley. The book presented a sharply different view of the historical practice of witchcraft at the close of the twentieth century, at once drawing resonance with the phantasmagoric Sabbath of the Witches, cults of Sumerian and Graeco-Roman witch-deities, and the high magical operations of medieval necromancy. The most important and enduring feature of the Cultus was its inheritance of orally-transmitted spellcraft and lore, in part derived from the topological features of the daimonic medieval Witches’ Sabbath.

In its textually-transmitted numen, it took as its chosen corpus the grimoire, a spell-book or manual of black magic, thus becoming a book of magic rather than about it. The dense layering of incantation, complex sorcerous precepts and preternatural imagery gave the Azoëtia a visceral and living quality which continues to emanate from its pages.

The dreamt name for the entic manifestation of the book was XOANON, the ‘Effigy fallen from the Sky’, which came to embody the exterior guise or glamour of Sabbatic Witchcraft. In the years that followed, Xoanon gave birth to a steady procession of “living books”, each driven by its own familiar spirit, and each possessing its own distinct magical vehicle.

EIKOSTOS, a Greek word meaning ‘Twentieth’, is a complete historical bibliography of the first two decades of Xoanon Limited. Fully illustrated in colour and black and white, it details the history, specifications and arcana of each Xoanon title. The text draws upon previously unpublished images, texts and correspondence to embody the patterning of magical emanation crucial to the manifestation of the XOANON corpus. Also included are notes on critical reviews, rare and privately published magical volumes, ephemera, and forthcoming works by the initiates of the Cultus Sabbati. As a scribe bearing witness to time, EIKOSTOS unfolds the witch-gnosis of the Sabbatic Current as manifest through the bound pages of the enchanted book.

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    This book contains extremely valuable and interesting information regarding the Cultus Sabbati and its publications. This book is not a “book of power” by any means, and you should not expect it to provide you with anything of that sort. But the information this book has is well worth it for anyone deeply interested the ideas and sorcerous practices found in the books published by Xoanon and it’s ancillaries. This book contains excerpts of private correspondences between Andrew Chumbley and others, influences of Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Currents, information about interior and private publications of the Cultus Sabbati, never before (or elsewhere) published pictures and artwork of rare works, excerpts from the most of the works that are described; and most importantly a history of the process that informed the manifesting and creation of each of Xoanon’s published works, both in the psycho-spiritual process of the author’s drawing them forth and the physical artistic process of it’s creation and binding. Much of the information in this book will also work as an excellent supplement to anyone working with any of the texts whose history is revealed in this work. The book ends with a brief essay by Daniel Schulke titled “Trajectories of Magical Text in Charming Traditions” whether they emanate from oral culture, popular folk works, or grimoires.

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