No Place: Xoanon Publishing, 2000. Advance Proof Copy. Original Wrappers. Draft Copy, i.e., an advance proof copy of the First Edition. Large quarto, original pictorial white paper wrappers (card covers), bound with plastic spine binder with plastic sheet covering the top leaf, heavy card cover at rear. 162 pp (the published version was 144 pp). Extremely scarce proof copy of Ars Philtron dated one year before the final publication date. This is an early copy, the typesetting being completely different from the published version, there being a fair amount of rewriting of the text and changing of the illustrations. Small corner crease to rear wrapper, a near fine copy. 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 #311086
¶ 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.