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Review of Abraxas, no. I

By Psyche | January 13, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 3 Comments

Ok, so I received this copy of Abraxas, Issue 1Abraxas back in September during my visit to Treadwell’s. This review has been a long time in coming. What took so long?

Mostly, I wanted to do it properly. I didn’t want to rush reading bits and pieces here and there, I wanted to really sit down and savour it.

Abraxas isn’t just “An International Journal of Esoteric Studies”, this first issue is also an art book. At 290mm x 232mm it’s a large quarto, beautifully bound, and printed on high quality paper, including a handtipped sheet. Richly coloured paintings are beautifully reproduced, along with many lovely illustrations in monochrome. And then there’s the text.

This first issue focuses largely on witchcraft, and while I can’t detail every essay that appears, I would like to highlight several that I felt stood out in this already exceptional collection. Continue reading »

A visit to Treadwell’s Books

By Psyche | October 8, 2009 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 2 Comments

Treadwell's Books

Treadwell's Books

When I mentioned I would be visiting London in September, Christina sent me a friendly e-mail inviting me to visit Treadwell’s Books while I was there. As I was already eager to do so anyway, I of course replied that I would.

Treadwell’s is the sort of place I once envisioned owning back when I used to manage a bookstore. It’s a small shop, but contains specific inventory.

It’s not an strictly an occult shop, instead it specializes in cultural history, spirituality, esoteric belief, and yes, there are books on magick, but while they’re prominent, they’re not the only focus. I love this about it. Continue reading »

Abraxas, a new occult journal

By Psyche | August 18, 2009 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 4 Comments

Abraxas, Issue 1Fulgur and Treadwell‘s are jointly launching a new occult journal, Abraxas, billed as “a new independent journal of historical and contemporary occultism”.

There will be two editions, a deluxe issue of 171 numbered copies which will include an original hand-printed wood engraving by Francesco Parisi, and a standard editions containing a letter-press printed Manifesto. (The standard edition cover is pictured on the left.)

As the journal will be printed by Fulgur I expect it will be gorgeous but, of course, they’re not cheap. The deluxe edition will sell for £70, and the standard for £25.

From the description at Continue reading »