Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis, the foundational word on Hermeticism, Alchemy, and the world. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes has taken on many forms and translations. Presented here is Titus Burckhardt's rendering, written in German from an Arabic language original, and translated into English. Particularly appealing are the nuances found in this text, in relation to those brought out from the Latin. The helix glyph at the head of the broadside was hand illuminated after printing, using weasel hair Chinese brushes and ink. Each highly detailed miniature constitues an emblem of the elemental forces of ancient thought, and is a cosmos of information unto itself. This is an edition of 22, letterpress printed on Revere Felt 100% cotton paper, each with a unique hand illuminated emblem, and numbered. This piece was printed at the Fall Equinox, 2009, and was originally presented at the first annual Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington. To purchase please inquire at: onikubi [at] gmail.com.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Printed in the Autumn of 2009 to mark the harvest time and the advent of Samhain. This is the poem "In Saturn" by American poet Clark Ashton Smith, published in his 1922 collection Ebony and Crystal. Inspired by the heady visions of the poem, the grotesque illustration was executed in miniature, using weasel hair brushes and traditional Chinese ink, and was reproduced at original size in the plate. The font is the elegant, organic, and opiate Eckmannschrift, an early twentieth century embodiment of the Art Nouveau style. Dampened Rives BFK paper. To purchase please inquire at: onikubi [at] gmail.com.
Printed herein is a choice passage culled from the voluminous writings of the great Theophrastus Paracelsus. Reading the master's work, one imagines that, though divided by five centuries, a powerful sense of the man himself comes through: the divinely furious wit, the questioning observer of minutiae, and the wild flights of fancy into the realms of the giants, gnomes, and the glorious Homunculi, confront one in these pages. The image was inspired by readings into the possible hermaphroditic nature of the man Paracelsus, found in the Newman's excellent Promethean Ambitions. This broadside is letterpressed on dampened Rives Heavyweight Cream paper using a Vandercook 4 proof press. This piece measures 8x18.5 inches. There is an alternate version to be displayed soon, printed in historical Textura, with variant graphics. To purchase please inquire at: onikubi [at] gmail.com.
Letterpress printed on Rives BFK Moulin du Gue, a very densely textured and elegant 100% cotton paper. Designed by J. F. Uccello and printed in the Winter of 2009. Broadside measures 12x14 inches. This fragment is from the elusive work "On Virtue" written by the early Greek/Egyptian hermeticist and alchemist Zosimos of Panopolis. One of the earliest mentions of the Homunculus in the literature of the Art. To purchase please email the Viatorium Press at: onikubi [at] gmail.com.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Viatorium's first collaboration with Ouroboros Press of Seattle is available at the publisher's website, http://www.bibliomancer.blogspot.com/, or direct from Viatorium by contacting onikubi [at] gmail [dot] com.