Three Hands Press, 2015. Hand-numbered limited edition of 27 copies only. Item #X-EFs
A FINE COPY BOUND IN FULL MAHOGANY GOATSKIN with marbled end papers. Illustrated by Raven Ebner in color. 560 pages. From ancient times to the present, humanity has wielded a plenitude of formulae for the making and manipulation of magical images. In western esoteric traditions, where image magic is particularly deep rooted, the most prevalent motif is the poppet, that doll through whose agency the witch gains influence over the enfigured victim. Though such effigies popularly exact their curses by point of thorn and pin, image-magic includes far more than vengeful maleficia, and is instead a complex sorcerous art which also includes healing, love, sexual power, fertility, protection, and magical knowledge. In its most exalted forms, the ensouled effigy serves as holy Icon, but there is also. These divine images, lovingly carved by the priests of many faiths, make present the multitude of gods on earth, becoming also the focus of that form of veneration known as idolatry. This work is an exhaustive compendium of image magic, viewed particularly through the lens of witchcraft, and the sorcery and folk magic of Britain. As a cartography of magical simulacra, it meticulously examines the broad range of magical effigy types, their materials and methods of construction, as well as the spells used to awaken and empower them. The whole is enriched by practical receipts drawn from the author's personal notebooks, and arresting original images. Small quarto.