Chelmsford, UK: Xoanon Publishing Ltd, MCMII . [actually, 2003]. Sethos-Behena or 'Black' Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original publisher's black cloth titled in silver on spine, design of serpent and stang on spine with skull & crossbones and crossed set square design in silver on front cover, black endpapers subtly printed with a snakeskin design, black silk ribbon marker. The entire edition was limited to 77 hand-bound, hand-numbered copies, negatively-enumerated from -1 to -77, each one dedicated to the Averse or Shadow-form of Sethos, Sethos-Behena, The Patron Daimon of the Grimoire. This is copy No. -39. Present with this copy is the eight-page text in plain dark blue card covers entitled THE RITE OF THE AMETHYSTINE LIGHT, Liber Sa-Bapho-Mitr, sub figura 77, A Conjuration of the Averse or Shadow-form of the Daimon Sethos, the Patron of the Grimoire Azoëtia, hand-produced, hand numbered (No. 34, differing from the book). There were three distinct issues of this pamphlet - the first issue copies were bound in marbled paper, the second issue were bound in wine-red card covers. The third issue copies were bound in blue card covers, and this issue was specifically not issued with the snakeskin talisman card (all copies of the first issue and some copies of the second issue came with the talisman). All of this variation is due to the fact that Andrew Chumbley created the talismans and booklets as each order was filled. THIS COPY IS BOLDLY INSCRIBED IN INK BY THE AUTHOR on the limitation leaf to a former member of the Ku Sebbitu (one of the lodges of the Cultus): "For Frater Sekhem Nah, By the Serpent's Cross and the Seven Stars, With blessing from Alogos", followed by a hand-drawn sigil of a flaming eye highlighted in gold. On inquiry, we have been informed that there is no talisman present with this copy as Andrew Chumbley still needed to make the talisman for the recipient at the time of his untimely death. The book and pamphlet are enclosed in a sturdy black cloth slipcase with the Sigillum Azoëtia embossed in silver on both covers. ALL ITEMS ARE IN FINE CONDITION. Fine. Item #311120
¶ 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. This particular edition, the Sethos-Behena or 'Black' Azoëtia, published on May 15, 2003, was specially issued with 'The Rite of the Amethystine Light' and from the perspective of the author, this ritual serves to complete the foundation of the Azoëtic phase of magical work 1992-2003 and to open the way for the Draconist Path ahead.