Cypriana: Old World, Black Book Package


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Deluxe BLACK BOOK packages to celebrate the launch of CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD.

Talismanic bookbinder Nicholas Constantine Grossenbacher has teamed up with Rubedo Press to bring the finest craftsmanship to your praxis. We are offering two kinds of blank black books ~ one vellum, the other Italian fine paper ~ both bound in soft goatskin. May these magical tomes serve you and enhance your work. This is the only time in 2016 Grossenbacher will offer his services. He may be available for orders again some time next year, so if you have been searching for a hand crafted grimoire, now is the time.

Co-editor Jesse Hathaway Diaz has also contributed talismanic Wolf & Goat oils to these deluxe packages, with the Oil of Saint Cyprian and Antakya: Oil of Saint Justina on offer.

All packages include a copy of CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD and free shipping.

Softcover, duplex, 6.69 x 9.61.
Illustrated, colour and black and white, 208 pp.

Edited by Alexander Cummins, Jesse Hathaway and Jennifer Zahrt.



CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD gathers the lore and praxis regarding the good Saints CYPRIAN and JUSTINA of Antioch, the famed sorcerer-saint and the steadfast virgin-martyr, through bringing together diverse and divergent essays regarding Cyprianic traditions and practices. Recently the focus of a resurgence of interest in the English-speaking world, the Saints CYPRIAN and JUSTINA stand at a crossroads of the Old and New Worlds, and form an intermediary nexus of Christian thaumaturgy and older pagan mysteries uniquely celebrated in European Magic and its permutations world-wide. Our Saints inspire through their patronage both the Devout and the Heretic alike to new sorcerous endeavors, and this volume coheres around Cyprianic history and the magic of the Old World of Europe.

Here the dry bones of ink and parchment are given new breath in the living voices of those inspired by our Saints. First fruits upon an old altar, we offer new and original translations of source texts next to explorations of the famed Book(s) of Saint CYPRIAN and cartomancy traditions that arise therefrom, and delve deeper into the patronage of the Saint over necromancers and sorcerers. Yet these are merely the stirrings of the query and current.

Cypriana: Old World is the first in a projected series of compilations collectively focusing on the lore surrounding the famed Sorcerer Saint and Saint JUSTINA with a dual focus on the values of historically and mythically situated traditional practices and spirit-led experimentation and innovation. It is also the inaugural publication of the Folk Necromancy in Transmission series, an ongoing exploration of the study and vivification of the Arte across historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.

Two deluxe black book packages available:

Blank goatskin vellum black book
72 pages. 4″x6″. Bound in the style of the ancient Greek codex with waxed linen thread. Italian black goatskin binding. 72 knots. Talismanically crafted and hand bound by alchemical bookbinder Nicholas Constantine Grossenbacher; Each book is made-to-order and features gorgeous irregularities consistent with hand production.

One half ounce bottle each of Wolf & Goat SAINT CYPRIAN and SAINT JUSTINA oils

Extra signed copy of CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD
signed by the editors in ink dedicated to Cyprian

(only 9 available)

~ or ~

Blank goatskin grimoire of fine Italian paper,
from medieval family-owned Umbrian paper mill. 144 pages. 4″x6″. Bound in the style of the ancient Greek codex with waxed linen thread. Italian goatskin binding in black, blue, or purple. 96 knots. (Not shown.) Talismanically crafted and hand bound by alchemical bookbinder Nicholas Constantine Grossenbacher; Each book is made-to-order and features gorgeous irregularities consistent with hand production.

Choice of one Wolf & Goat SAINT CYPRIAN or SAINT JUSTINA oil

(only 18 available)


All deluxe upgrades are available for pre-order on the Feast Day of Saint Cyprian, September 26th, 2016.
Orders remain open until October 7, 2016, or until sold out.
Delivery upon completion of your personalized talismanic book.
Your copy of CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD will ship right away.


Table of Contents

Opening the Book
—Alexander Cummins

The Conversion of St. Cyprian
(Book I of The Acts of Saint Cyprian and Saint Justina)
Translated by Matthew Barclay

Cyprianus Förmaning
—Translated by Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

Cyprian Books of Magic in the Scandinavian Tradition
—Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

‘In the Manner of Saint Cyprian’:
A Cyprianic Black Magic of Early Modern English Grimoires

—Alexander Cummins

Searching for Cyprian in Portuguese Ethnography
—José Leitão

‘Seven Years the Sea Thou Roamed’: Cyprianic Ritual and Divination
—Jake Stratton-Kent

On Saint Cyprian, Translation, and Poetics
—Jennifer Zahrt interviews José Leitão

An Afterword
—Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Additional information


Vellum, Italian Fine Paper

Cover leather

black, blue, purple


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