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07 April 2009 @ 04:30 pm
Dear Friends,

‘The words of Trismegestus were inscribed upon an Emerald Tablet just as the Esoteric Book Conference will be inscribed in the Emerald City.’
–Esoteric Book Guild

Ouroboros Press would like to bring your attention to a new publication as well as a new publishing event taking place here in Seattle this Fall.

Tablua Smaragdina Hermetis, also known as; The Emerald Tablet of Hermes has been re-issued in letterpress. The original edition of 100 copies printed on handmade paper in 2003 have been long out of print and we have made this new edition available for those who were asking after the original. Check the link below for more information.

Emerald Tablet of Hermes

Ouroboros Press is proud to be sponsoring the first international Esoteric Book Conference here in Seattle. Publisher William Kiesel is working with Night of Pan Books in administrating the event. Details below:

Esoteric Book Conference 2009
September 19 & 20 Seattle Center

The Esoteric Book Conference is an annual international event to bring together authors, artists, publishers and bookmakers working in the field of esotericism. In addition to presentations by notable authors and scholars, the conference opens it doors to publishers and booksellers showcasing new & used books as well as rare and hard-to-find esoteric texts. For two days the conference hosts the largest selection of esoteric books under one roof. Contemporary esoteric publishing, finepress book arts and antiquarian texts are offered to augment the libraries of readers, scholars and collectors alike.

This multi-disciplined conference will feature presentations by contemporary authorities researching and working in esoteric currents both East & West. Western Esotericism, Gnosticism, Theosophy, Mythology, Shamanism, Rosicrucianism, Sacred Sciences, Occulture and World Religions are among the subjects to be represented. An esoteric book fair and art show will also be on site allowing education, vending and networking in a unique field of literary, historical and cultural arts.

There is a growing list of confirmed guests including: Robert Ansell [Fulgur Limited, UK], Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech [Scarlet Imprint, UK], John Coughlin [Waning Moon Publications], Joel Radcliffe [Ars Obscura Bookbinding], Darcy Kuntz [Golden Dawn Trust], Carlos Melgoza [Anima Noctuna], and more to be announced. Watch the website for updates: http://www.esotericbookconference.com

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Finally we would like to thank everyone who came out to the recent Picatrix book release party held at the Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio. Pictures of the event may be seen here:

Picatrix Release Party

Thank you for your kind support of Fine Esoteric Book Arts.
17 October 2008 @ 06:49 pm
Picatrix Volume Two Book Release

William J. Kiesel will be on hand to give a brief talk and sign books. Bill Horist will be performing music as part of the festivities.
If you are in the area come check it out.

7:30 pm, Saturday October 18
Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio
80 South Washington Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
20 August 2008 @ 01:34 pm
Ouroboros Press is very pleased to announce that Volume Two of the Picatrix is now complete and is on its way to the printers. We have received many words of encouragement and praise from our readers during this project and we thank you all for your kindness and interest. Starting today we are accepting orders for Volume Two, which will be released on October 18th.

To celebrate this long awaited occasion we are having a book release party in Seattle on Saturday October 18th. The party will be held in Historic Pioneer Square at the Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio and William Kiesel will be on hand to sign books. Details below.

Picatrix Volume Two contains the 3rd and 4th books of Ghayat Al-Hakim and will complete the English translation. It is a larger book than volume one and contains much in the way of the practical working of astral and talismanic magic. Planetary and Zodiacal magic and full instructions for invoking the related spirits are provided along with all the requisite materials needed; stones, plants, inks, colors, incenses, talismans and the invocations.

In addition to this are many anecdotes relating to Arabic and pre-Islamic magical lore, including the writings of Ibn Wahshija, the Nabataeans, Sabians, Chaldeans and Assyrians. Of particular note is the magical plant and mineral lore from the Nabataean Agriculture, which portray ancient practices of pagan Iraq.

The influence of the Picatrix can be seen in several texts of well-known authors of the western esoteric tradition, including Ficino, Mirandola, Abano and Agrippa, whose works have played a major role of forming contemporary manifestations of the esoteric tradition today.

The book will be issued in the same format as volume one:

Deluxe Black Leather edition:
Full black goat leather, Hand-bound with raised spine-bands and gilt titles, silk ribbon bookmark and marbled endsheets, from the fine binders at Ars Obscura Bookbinding.
[500 copies only]: $130.00

Trade Cloth edition:
Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine title and printed dust jacket.
[1,000 copies only]: $50.00

A very limited number of copies of volume one were issued in burgundy leather and slipcases. If you own one of these copies you may contact us if you would like a copy of volume two to match. We are only issuing these to owners of the original bindings. This is also the case for Vellum copies. Contact us for details.

Due to the anticipated demand on volume two we are accepting pre-orders, which will be filled in a first come first served basis. Reservations for Picatrix 2 can only be assured by sending payment, we will start shipping books on October 20. You are of course welcome to come to the book release party on the 18th and pick them up in person.

Please understand that the interest in this book is generating a huge amount of correspondence, we ask for your patience in waiting for a reply from us. All orders will be acknowledged via email in the order they are received. Thank you!

Ordering Information

Accepted payment methods: Paypal, Check or Money Order. Apologies but we are not accepting credit cards at this time, however you may pay with your credit card via Paypal.

Paypal payment may be sent via their website: [please use: ouroboros@bookarts.org]

Checks or Money Orders drawn on US funds:
If you are sending payment in the mail please email us so we can reserve copies pending receipt of your payment. Your payment should include your contact details [email, shipping address] and notice of what you are ordering along with your check or money order. Payment must be made out to 'William J. Kiesel' and sent to: 1408 NE 42nd Street Seattle, Washington 98105


We wrap our packages securely for safe shipping.

Domestic Shipping within the US is $6.00 for up to two books.

International Shipping is $12.00 for up to two books.

Bookshops: We offer standard trade discounts on the Trade Cloth editions only. Contact us for details on shipping.

Ouroboros Press: Picatrix Release Party

7:30 pm, Saturday October 18
Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio
80 South Washington Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

See our Blog for more information:

14 July 2008 @ 02:53 pm
During a recent inventory at the bindery we discovered that the printer supplied us with an overrun of printed sheets, enough for a total of 50 more books. These are the last remaining copies of the book and these will be issued in two Out-of-Series versions as follows:

10 Vellum copies with gilt titles and ouroboros device with leather spine title and
marbled endsheets as well as the silk ribbon bookmark. $200.00 each

40 Leather copies in black leather with gilt titles and ouroboros device with marbled endsheets as well as the silk ribbon bookmark. $175.00 each

Since these extra copies are Out-of-Series they will not be numbered, instead they will be marked with the empty-set figure to set them apart from the original 500 copies. Once these copies are sold the entire edition of Volume One will be Sold Out. Volume One will not be reprinted.

Shipping is $6.00 in the US and $11.00 abroad.
11 March 2008 @ 01:44 pm
William Kiesel, the editor of Ouroboros Press, will be giving two talks in the coming weeks. The first will be at Treadwells Bookshop in London [Covent Garden] March 19th and the second will be at the University of Amsterdam on March 25 as part of the Conference "Emblems, Magic, and Hidden Knowledge" along with several other scholars of Western Esotericism. The same talk will be given at both events [see description below].

LONDON March 19th

19 March 2008 (Wednesday)
“The Circle of Arte”: Magic Circles in the Western Grimoire Tradition
William Kiesel (Ouroboros Press)
7.15 for 7.30pm start £5
34 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PB

For almost a thousand years, magic circles have been depicted in popular books of magic and witchcraft, as well as in high magic grimoires such as the Clavicula Salomonis Regis or Liber Juratus. Tonight’s talk will explore the varieties, forms and functions of “the circle of arte” in this long tradition. Our speaker will draw upon the evidence from historical texts and manuscripts: illustrations, sketches, descriptions, instructions, and ritual rubrics from grimoires. He will also consider the circle’s role in providing authority and protection to the operator, and tell us about its uses in such activities as divination and treasure finding. See what some of the oddest and rarest magical grimoires say about “the Circle of Arte”, and you will never see it quite the same way again.

William Kiesel is the publisher and editor of Ouroboros Press. He works with translators of Arabic, Latin, German and Romanian to provide fine and deluxe editions of rare magical texts to the English-speaking world, most notably grimoires and alchemical works. Of grimoires, he is currently working on a second volume of the Picatrix, and has already published the Heptameron and the first volume of the Picatrix. He lives in the United States and is speaking at Treadwell’s during a brief visit to London.

AMSTERDAM March 25th

Workshop on "Emblems, Magic, and Hidden Knowledge"
25 March 2008
On March 25, a conference on "Emblems, Magic, and Hidden Knowledge" will be held for students as well as independent and established scholars, in collaboration with the department History of Hermetic Philosophy (GHF, Religious Studies) of the University of Amsterdam. Particular emphasis will lie on the role of imagery and emblems in magic and alchemy, and in pursuits and conceptions of (hidden) knowledge; however, questions related more generally to the study of Western esotericism and its methodology will also be addressed.

The full program may be seen at the website for the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism:
19 October 2007 @ 05:30 pm
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Kind Regards,

William J. Kiesel
Ouroboros Press