Chelmsford, UK: Xoanon Publishing Ltd, 2002. Sethos Edition, Deluxe Issue. Quarter-Leather. Sethos Edition, Deluxe Issue. Octavo, original quarter fair Nigerian Goatskin and holly green cloth, gilt-blocked with the First Holy Letter of the Sacred Alphabet on front cover, and the Twenty-Second Holy Letter on the back, Wand of Sethos device gilt-blocked on spine, green English hand-made marbled endpapers, green and red headbands, black ribbon-marker, housed in a green cloth-covered slipcase gilt-blocked on both sides with the Circle of the Sacred Alphabet. Frontispiece & preliminaries + ix + 365pp, illustrated throughout by the author. This copy is No. 14 of 44 Deluxe copies, this copy being signed by the author with his magickal name "Alogos" on the colophon leaf; this is accompanied by an elaborate sigil in the author's hand. Loosely enclosed within is an elegant envelope inscribed with the Fourteenth Holy Letter and bearing within a talismanic card sigilised by the author with triform image of the Cultus Sabbati and bearing an aphorism of its corresponding Azöetic alpha-numeric equivalent, signed and sigilised by the author. The image is letterpress printed and has then been greatly embellished with inks and ink wash to create a most striking image. In addition to the talisman this copy is accompanied three letters: The first, a typed letter signed from Chumbley, dated 31 March 2003, approximately 300 words, addressed to the original subscriber of this copy and expressing the hope that the book has been worth the wait and explaining the nature of Xoanon; as well, there is a second letter from Chumbley dated 25 April, 2003, addressed to "Dear Subscriber": this is the letter which originally accompanied the volume upon publication. It offers apologies for the length of time it has taken to release the edition and explains a few pertinent issue points (i.e., of the 44 copies, 22 had a red book marker and 22 had a black one), and commends the matter of each volume's future and fate into the subscriber's hands. This letter is signed by Chumbley with the Xoanon sigil. Also included is a full page handwritten letter in sigilised envelope, which gives a magical ritual of self-initiation into the magical current encompassed by the book which involves blood letting and is to be performed at crossroads. It should be emphasized that this last letter is not from the Andrew Chumbley (it bears the first name of the writer), but it does record a magical ritual, part of the unpublished tradition of magical work with Azöetia that was communicated by close magical associates of the author, being to those who were accepted for tuition in the magical current manifested in the book. A near fine copy, complete with the talisman, envelope, letters and slipcase. One of the most desirable of all modern private press occult books, rarely offered for sale. Fine. Item #311112
¶ 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.