Chelmsford, UK: Xoanon Publishing Ltd, MCMII . [actually, 2003]. Twin Lions 'X-Series' Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original holly-green cloth with the double-headed Lion and Wand of Sethos device blocked in gilt on front cover, gilt titles on spine, red and black headbands, black-on-black endpapers with serpent-skin pattern. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. Frontispiece & preliminaries + ix + 365pp, illustrated throughout by the author. The "X" Series, issued in an edition of 22 hand-numbered copies, this being copy No. 12. A fine copy, without dust jacket, in slipcase, as issued. The X-series was the final binding of the Sethos Edition. After the Standard, Deluxe and Special "Sethos" editions were bound, 22 unbound copies remained - and the decision was made to "bind them as a final Seal upon the Work", using the Twin Lions and Wand of Sethos from the cover of the first edition of Azoetia to complete the Circle. Because it was a portion of the title that manifest unplanned, it was not announced by Xoanon at the time. Once bound, the eleven odd numbered volumes went to the UK for private sale and the eleven even numbered copies remained in the United States for sale at specific dates, making this copy No. 12 a copy that was distributed in America. Note: EIKOSTOS, the published bibliography of Xoanon, calls for the slipcase to be "gilt-blocked on each side with the Circle of the Sacred Alphabet", the slipcase on this copy is plain green cloth, but it is as issued from the publisher. Fine. Item #310452
¶ Originally published by in 1992 in a limited edition of only 300 paperbound copies, the 2002 Sethos edition of the Azoëtia is comprised of a revised text together with additional formulae and around 45 illustrations, many previously unseen. The Azoëtia, or "The Book of the Magical Quintessence" has become one of the most sought-after new magical works of our time and may be regarded as the foundation text of the Sabbatic Craft Tradition in its present phase of work. Azoëtia is comprised of three main parts: an exposition of preliminary magico-aesthetic formulae with detailed descriptions of working tools; the full text of the Sabbatic Rituals of Ingress, Congress, and Egress; and an eleven-chaptered Grimoirium detailing the arcana and composite practices of the Sacred Alphabet – the twenty-two lettered code of sorcerous principles underlying the practical spectrum of the Arte Magical. The entire work intends the reification of traditional British cunning-craft praxis according to the spiritual vision and artistry of a contemporary initiate.