Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cyprian the Mage update

A quick update on progress with The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent. This week we received and approved the running sheets for the title. Two massive stacked slabs resplendent in red and black ink. Delighted with the printing and our continued partnership with our Welsh printer. This level of quality is yet another reason why we do not print in China. The detail is exquisite, and very necessary for elements such as the images from the fine pen of Oliver Liebeskind. As you would expect by now the paper is also exceptional. We will be approving the cover blocking and dustjacket presently.   

The book blocks have been sewn and the fine editions are now in preparation. We will keep you up to date with this and announce when we have a shipping date.

The standard edition on the other hand should be with us in the week commencing February 10. This has been a longer pre-order than usual for us, but is only ten days later than our projected shipping date of late January.

UPDATED: Printer suffered 24 hour power cut, expected books but not going to arrive with us now until Wednesday 19. Nothing we can do about this. Climate collapse is breaking the infrastructure. Apologies for the delay.

We are exceptionally pleased with this brace of books and are sure that you will be too. Pictures will of course follow.

Having dealt with the physical nature of the book we note that this has been a massive project for us. The books have taken six months of almost continuous work for us at Scarlet Imprint, which is a huge commitment of time and energy. This concludes the three volume Encyclopaedia Goetica cycle which began with The True Grimoire.

What needs to be stressed is that Jake Stratton-Kent has done something truly remarkable with these books. As an independent scholar and practitioner he has reframed our entire understanding of the Western Magical Tradition, placing the most maligned and misunderstood aspect of it - the grimoires - into a context that reveals them not as late aberrations but as the single continuous thread of tradition that we possess. This understanding will have profound implications for the understanding and practice of goetia, magic and witchcraft from this point onwards. He has also emphasised the importance of the dead in a living tradition, the necessity of a spirit focussed approach,  and championed the New World traditions not as cultures to be pillaged but as exemplars of living practice from which we can learn how to rebuild our own.

We offer our public gratitude to Jake for all that he has acheived, often in difficult circumstances. He also concludes these works with a challenge to those who read his works to pursue the many avenues that he has opened. This may be a Testament, but the Work continues.

While you are waiting for your books we would also like to share this interview between Jake and Gordon of the thought provoking runesoup website to listen to at your leisure.

Launch parties for The Testament of Cyprian the Mage are confirmed and we would be delighted for you to join us either at Atlantis Bookshop in London on March 1 or Labyrinth Books in Glastonbury on Friday March 21. Full details on our events page here:


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