For your browsing pleasure this evening ATS, we have a beautiful Art Nouveau
faux witch's almanac
from 1896, drawn by Manuel Orazi and penned by Austin De Croze.
It is kept in the Witchcraft collection of manuscripts and books at Cornell University library.
Colored Lithographs by Manuel Orazi. A rare piece of occultist ephemera, printed in an edition of 777 copies (Ed. So few!) to commemorate magic
for the coming year of 1896. Each double page spread mimics the Christian calendar in some respect (name days, iconography).
The document is at once a spoof and an attempt to chart the year of magic. Its surviving interest resides in the extravagant and compelling
illustrations, especially the full-page right hand plates, by Manuel Orazi.
I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of art from the Art Nouveau
period, especially if it has a mythology or occult theme, so I find
to be especially cool and beautiful.
Since it's witches, let's start with October:
I especially love the verdigris green tint to the month of the year and the mandrake root border at the top of the image above the witch.
This one has the names of Archangels related to the days of the week on the right:
And on the left side it has some other sort of names, also presumably angelic, related to the planets.
The witch-headed Moon in this one is awesome; and so is the mob of what appear to be red-eyed cultists of some sort:
triangle is also very cool.
The sigils are starting to get interesting in these, too; remember, this is 1895, decades before, say.
, for instance.
Looks like July is a bad month for Alchemistes
I really dig the bleeding sun with its quasi-occult symbols in the upper part, and the weird little
in the lower left is rather creepy. There's a lot I like about this one.
Finally this one that I think really places the book in history:
If you look at it sideways you'll see that it portrays a witches sabbat.
Calendrier Magique is an artistic-spoof, as the quote from Cornell above says, but it is a very beautiful spoof directed at a public that was very
hungry for that sort of thing; 1895 was also the year of the Taxil hoax
Anyhow, have fun, ATS. I really think that the images are special, and I have enjoyed picking the animals from the occult managerie and other
symbolism out of them.
edit on 31-8-2014 by Bybyots because: . :