This week's list features a careful selection of EX LIBRIS bookplates that illustrate occult and esoteric themes. Of note is the bookplate by Virgil Finlay created for Oswald Train and the strange botany of Czech/German artist Karl Hugo Frech.
As we look forward (literally), we are pleased to share a list of books on divination and the fascinating world of fortune telling. A few notable items are: An 18th century French dream dictionary; First English language edition of The Astrological Tarot by Georges Muchery in dust jacket; 19th century ‘Petit Albert’ grimoire; James Sketchley’s “Conversation” cards, 1750; and various tool of the trade: Tarot and cartomancy decks.
Apollo 11 landed safely on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Celebrating 50 years of space exploration, our list this week is all about space, lunar exploration, and history of astronomy featuring an exceptionally composed 19th century manuscript on learning astronomy written by a French abbot with a handmade planisphere, couple of Russian (USSR) space race publications in English, a design binding, and large format celestial constellations maps.
Selections of astronomy, stars, space language, and futurisms.
We hate to be missing RBMS, it is a CRIME! As we can not be there, we offer this eclectic list involving CRIME. Some things old, some things new, some things scary, one thing blue. Enjoy.
Death, not as in dying, but death as an industry. This week we feature 12 items illustrating aspects of the funerary and mortuary industry and the science of death, including an early 20th salesman's headstone kit, art of death, and various pieces of death commerce ephemera. Enjoy!
Every now and then we realize we have a small cache of interesting things that do not necessarily line up with our general areas of focus. And thus we present a short list of books spanning nearly 200 years on or about Hunting and Fishing…except for one, it is on plants of Tropical Africa and is included as a vegetarian option. Images, as always, available upon request.
As we were pulling together our recent Punk/Counter Culture list we realized that we have more Raymond Pettibon material than we realized…so we decided to keep it out of the first list and bring it all together here. Original and important art to zines, there’s an interesting range of material. We’ve included images of some…images of all available upon request…
One of our focus areas revolves around the punk/anarcho sub-culture and counter culture more broadly. Presented here is a small, diverse collection of books, zines, posters, etc. all of which are grounded in one or more counter culture scenes. Please note, while priced separately, the Australian anarcho/punk posters are available as a small collection at a rather steep discount. There are a handful of images included…images of all available upon request…
Lux Mentis supports and advocates for artists’ books made by women from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. We strongly encourage both collectors and institutions to recognize the established history of book art in Spanish/Portuguese speaking countries and continue to support emerging artists from these countries, as well as all women of color working, living, and creating book arts in the United States.
The ’occult’ represents a large spectrum of belief systems including pseudo sciences, astrology, magick, witchcraft, alternative religious movements, and aspects of spiritualism. 75 items of wonder. Enjoy.