No Place: Xoanon Publishing, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition. Quarto, original full brown cloth decorated with the eightfold potion wheel in gilt on front cover, gilt titles to spine, marble-textured maroon endpapers. 144 pp. Issued in an edition limited to 144 hand-numbered copies, this being copy No. 13. This copy has been inscribed by the author in metallic ink on rear free end paper: “For my Good Sister Pasht Akhti : Dream thou the Promise of the Scarlet Ocean! For my Good Brother Anshar ; Bear thru the Eshen Pole and Qayin’s Lamp”; the text forming a lozenge around a magickal sigil. Each of these 144 copies are different as each one had one of 24 different colour plates paired together with one of six different invocations to Cain or Lillith. This copy has the colour plate titled 'Twin Arbours and Guardian of the Western Gate' and the Invocation titled 'Prayer Unto the First Murderer of Man'. In addition to the 144 copies, there was also a Special Reserve issue limited to just 9 special copies which have all 24 of the colour plates in their correct order. Small scuff on front cover, else a fine copy, without dust jacket, as issued. From the collection of Helen Oliver (Soror Pasht Akhti of the Cultus Sabbati), whose collection was distributed through catalogue sales by Caduceus Books in mid-2015; this item is accompanied by a copy of the large, illustrated catalogue of her books, typescripts and artwork. Fine. Item #310457
¶ Ars Philtron was the incepting grimoire of the Verdelet of the Cultus Sabbati. Its primary foci are Sabbatic-alchemical gnosis as manifest through the medium of the Potion, and the applications of the principle formulae of Furnace, Vessel, and Water. Its method and praxis concern the principal Sabbatic philtre types, their arcana, pharmacoepia, formulation, and ritual use. As a grammar of the Art Magical, the work instaurates the Philtre as an emanation of the Vinum Sabbati, the manifest elixir of witch-power.