ARCANUM BESTIARUM: Of the Subtil & Occult Virtues of Divers Beasts. DeLuxe Edition.
Hercules, CA: Xoanon / Three Hands, 2012. Limited edition of 49 hand-numbered copies with an original hand numbered woodblock by Rainey-Smith laid in a sleeve of hand made paper. A FINE COPY, bound in full brown batique skiver, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker, special impression on the front panel, and a unique Totemic print laid in by the artist. Printed in red & black on heavy custom stock, and illustrated with original woodblock prints by artist, Liv Rainey-Smith. With fifty-five original woodcut illustrations by artist Liv Rainey-Smith, prepared especially for this title in close collaboration. Among the more ambitious renderings in the work are the occult cryptofauna Homunculus, Manticore, Ouroboros, and Basilisk, as well as animals prominent in the ancient dawn of magick: the Bear, Goat, Viper, Peacock, and more. Completing the design elements is an original typeface designed for the work by calligrapher, Gail Coppock. 272 pages. Tall 8vo. (Item ID: X-ABd)