Xoanon. 2000. First Edition, First Printing. First Edition, one of approximately 14 copies of the superior issue bound by the Taurus Bindery. Square octavo, original full faux black leather stamped in silver, speckled light brown eggshell endpapers, printed on flecked Birch paper. 64 pp. Issued in a limited edition of 77 hand-numbered copies, this being copy No. 66. Loosely inserted is a small envelope inscribed "Blackthorn + Toadskin" by the author with decorative scrolls and a sigil. This contains a blackthorn spike and the 'Azha-Sethos-Qayin' talisman formed with green ink and metallic paints upon a triangular piece of toadskin. This copy is one of 12-15 copies (as per Schulke, private correspondence, 2014) of the superior issue bound by the Taurus bindery with the silver stamping on the covers more crisply defined and no warping of the boards or other defects - it is in unusually fine condition. While this copy does contain the 'Blacktorn & Toadskin' enclosure it does not have included with it the envelope containing a page of the 'Sabatrachion', the 'shadow-grimoire' of the book, which accompanied only some copies. Initially, copies were bound by the Trade Bindery, but these copies had multiple errors in binding, including a mixture of warped boards, torn endsheets, imperfect sewing and faulty foil stamping. In the process, a number of copies were completely disfigured - thus 12-15 remaining text blocks were sent to be bound by the Taurus Bindery. Of these, most had maroon endsheets, but a few had eggshell endsheets as here. This version also stands slightly shorter than the standard issue, being 23 cm tall instead of 23.9 cm. All copies of the Trade Bindery issue have buff endsheets and most are warped. The Taurus Bindery issue is vastly superior and representative of the book as originally envisioned by the author. A fine copy. Item #311097
¶ 'The Grimoire of the Golden Toad' emerged as a private textual emanation of Chumbley's undertaking of 'The Waters of the Moon', the toad-bone ritual known amongst the horsemen, farriers, farmhands and cunning folk of East Anglia. The scarcest published Cultus Sabatti book.