Andrew D. Chumbley
Three Hands Press, Richmond Vista, California, 2011. Hardcover in slipcase. 125 pages. Deluxe Edition. Fine binding by Pettingell Bookbinder. One of 144 slipcased copies in quarter morocco and tawny cloth, this copy number 37. Illustrations by the author. Fine.
Opuscula Volume Two contains ten essays written between 1992 and 2000, including one previously unpublished. Expanding upon themes developed in Opuscula Volume I, the book also treats Crooked Path Sorcery, a transcendental ethos of traditional witchcraft having parallels in such traditions as Petro Voudon. Also new in this volume is an Author’s Preface, as well as Robert Fitzgerald’s rare 1996 interview with Chumbley in Esoterra. The 1999 article ‘Gnosis For the Flesh Eternal’ appears here for the first time, being a much-expanded version of ‘Wisdom For the New Flesh’ which first appeared in Starfire. For this second volume, we have also included nine Azoëtia-era illustrations which have never before seen print.
The Opuscula Magica treats in four volumes the short exegetical works on magic by the British occult author Andrew D. Chumbley (1967-2004). The series presents his magical essays, homilies, and other obscure works which originally appeared in small-circulation occult journals now out of print. Each volume presents a series of collated works, some revised or updated prior to his death, as well as a number of writings and illustrations previously unpublished. Together with his grimoire-texts of the magical order Cultus Sabbati, these ‘minor works on magic’ are the origination-point and foundation texts of Sabbatic Witchcraft and Crooked Path Sorcery, two of Chumbley’s most important contributions to the Art Magical. With the intent to make these works more widely available to scholars and magical practitioners, the series is printed and bound in a fine book format suited to their study and preservation. The series editor is Daniel A. Schulke.