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May 30, 2019

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece - A quick preview of the advance copy!

Hello!

The books are on a boat crossing the ocean, headed to Los Angeles. Here's a quick peek at one of the advance copies!

They're SO heavy! And so beautiful. I can't wait for you guys to have them in your hands, thank you so much for your support!

Tom

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March 08, 2019

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece - Binding Update

Both editions of the book are coming along - we hope to have firm dates for shipping soon! Tom thought you'd all want to see the book spine construction- we created hubs and a curved spine to mimic the most gorgeous books of the 19th century... all done by hand!

(The spine of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism will have foil stamping, this example is just to show the shape and color of the bound book!)

Binding

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February 09, 2019

Exquisite End Papers for the Clamshell Edition of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

 

A peek at the incredible process of master artist and craftsman Renato Crepaldi, as he creates hand marbled end papers for the clamshell edition of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism. Renato is one of the most talented paper marbling artists on the planet, and we are thrilled with his custom design! 

Le Pater

Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism 

Clamshell Edition of 200

  • Alphonse Mucha's "Eye of Providence" archival cloth clamshell box
  • Alphonse Mucha's "Amen/Ainsi-soit-il" facsimile 
  • Signed and numbered vellum title page
  • Hand-marbled end papers by Renato Crepaldi 
  • Full vegan leather cover with foil stamping

Alphonse Mucha Le Pater Symbolist Masterpiece Special Edition End Paper Renato Crepaldi Century Guild

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Le Pater
Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism 

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February 06, 2019

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece February Update (Video)

 

Twenty years of research. Two years of writing. From Albrecht Durer to the Invisible College, William Blake, the Exposition Universelle, and the Slav Epic; the printer's proof of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism has arrived, and it is perfect! We are so excited to share this moment with you, please join author Thomas Negovan for a preview detailing the massive size and scope of the book!

 

 

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

AVAILABLE IN TWO DELUXE EDITIONS

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 DELIVERY SPRING 2019

Click here to visit the pre-order page for more information, and to reserve your book at the pre-order discount price!

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Infernal Creatures: A Collection of Rare Occult Artworks 1880-1970
July 20, 2018

Infernal Creatures: A Collection of Rare Occult Artworks 1880-1970

Presenting the fourth book in our 'Rare Artworks' series: INFERNAL CREATURES!

Century Guild Infernal Creatures Rare Occult Artworks New Book on Kickstarter

 

Cheeky devils, sensual witches, ghostly apparitions, and all manner of sinister and mystical creatures! Rare visions conjured by the hands of Gustav Klimt, Carlos Schwabe, Josef Fenneker, and more: over SEVENTY artworks from the Century Guild Museum of Art archives are collected in this softcover book featuring full-page, full-color images!

Century Guild Infernal Creatures Rare Occult Artworks 1880-1970 Book on Kickstarter

INFERNAL CREATURES: A Collection of Rare Occult Artworks 1883-1970

  • Limited edition softcover book
  • Perfect bound
  • 80+ pp, full color throughout 
  • All high-resolution, original source color corrected images

Century Guild Infernal Creatures Rare Occult Artworks 1880-1970 New Book on Kickstarter

 

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Bieres de la Meuse Alphonse Mucha Enamel Pin Flowering Lines Century Guild
February 27, 2018

Elegant Art Nouveau enamel pins from the book FLOWERING LINES

Five important artworks from the Art Nouveau movement, elegantly designed and beautifully presented on 1.75" tall pins.

Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau Jewelry Enamel Pins Artwork Century Guild

After making enamel pins to accompany our Der Orchideengarten Kickstarter campaigns, we got excited about the idea of creating pins to go with our other poster art books! We began with five of our favorite Art Nouveau graphics, and designed a special way to experience the flowering lines of Art Nouveau in our daily lives: wearable artworks from Alphonse Mucha and other masters of Art Nouveau!

Bieres de la Meuse Alphonse Mucha Biography Art Nouveau Jewellry Enamel Pin

Each full-color printed hard enamel pin measures 1.75" tall, and comes on an elegant letterpress backing card impressed with gold foil and hand-stamped with the artist's name and the year the original artwork was created. Presented in a gift box with the Century Guild logo debossed in gold foil on the lid, each comes with a sheet with the artist's biography and historical information about the image portrayed on the pin.

Each of the five artworks represented is illustrated in the full-color 80 page softcover book Flowering Lines: Rare Art Nouveau Graphics 1883-1911

 

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Robert Fludd 1617 diagram of the Macrocosm - Microcosm Alphonse Mucha Le Pater Century Guild Fine Art Books Hermeticism
February 01, 2018

Robert Fludd and the Hermetic philosophy connection to Alphonse Mucha's Le Pater

As a countdown to the release of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece we are sharing snippets of the content included inside our expanded, oversized hardcover; this first post is to introduce you to the ideas of Robert Fludd.

Robert Fludd worked in the early 17th century as physician, and was a major contributor to the advancement of occult philosophy, astrology, mathematics, and Hermeticism, a religious and philosophical tradition that believes in a single, transcendent God, with other beings (angels and elementals) populating the universe. (More on Hermeticism later!)

What makes Fludd relevant to our study of Le Pater is that he took these philosophical ideas and translated them into visual diagrams, much in the manner that Alphonse Mucha would two centuries later. Fludd's work was far more mathematical, and brimming with fascinating and important ideas, clarifying them in diagram form.

Robert Fludd 1617 diagram of the Macrocosm - Microcosm Alphonse Mucha Le Pater Art Book Century Guild Hermeticism

Robert Fludd's 1617 diagram of the Macrocosm/ Microcosm

Fludd bases his view of the cosmos on the presence of one single, unnamable God, represented in the form of the unpronounceable YHWH. The world is present in three forms: the archetype (the invisible idea), the non-celestial body (the universe as we know it), and man.

Robert Fludd diagram of the Threefold Manifestation of God Century Guild Le Pater Alphonse Mucha Art Book Hermeticism

Robert Fludd's diagram of the Threefold Manifestation of God

God's intentions are borne into these three worlds by his agents: angels (serving his light aspect), and devils (his dark aspect).

To properly address the works of Robert Fludd would be an entire volume unto itself; each illustration rewards hours and years of study and contemplation. For the purposes of our book, we present Fludd's basic ideas, and the idea of diagramming the metaphysical by an artist who Mucha certainly would have studied and found as intellectual and spiritual inspiration.

A very succinct and thorough overview of the ideas and illustrations of Robert Fludd is the 1979 book Robert Fludd: Hermetic Philospher and Surveyor of Two Worlds by Joscelyn Godwin. The original hardcover sells for upwards of $400-$500, but it's very affordable as a 1991 softcover reprint for only $21.93 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fludd-Hermetic-Philosopher-Surveyor/dp/0933999690/

More soon,

Tom Negovan

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Der Orchideengarten Sinister Harvest Art History Book Series Century Guild
January 31, 2018

SINISTER HARVEST: The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 2 (1919) Issues #7-12

Der Orchideengarten Sinister Harvest Century Guild Book Series

The second book in our Art of Der Orchideengarten series, Sinister Harvest thoroughly covers a carefully curated selection of the magnificent and macabre illustrations from issues #7-12 of the magazine Der Orchideengarten, first published in 1919.

The illustrations are captured from high-resolution scans made from a pristine collection in the Century Guild museum archive, and the accompanying text documents our extensive research to support the artworks and verify the artists whose names weren’t listed.

5.5" x 8.5" softcover, 80 pp full color throughout


Der Orchideengarten Century Guild Book Series The Art of Der Orchideengarten Art History

About Der Orchideengarten

Der Orchideengarten is a legendary German supernatural horror magazine, published from January 1919 until November 1921.

Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy magazine. 

Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.  

While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.

The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.  

For nearly 20 years, Century Guild has devoted itself to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture.  Der Orchideengarten gets mentioned frequently on blogs, at fantasy conventions, and at certain full-moon cauldron gatherings, but the same low-resolution images get shared over and over again.  This book is an opportunity to explore the 1919 publication in depth, with high resolution scans made from a pristine collection!

 

Der Orchideengarten Century Guild Book Series The Art of Der Orchideengarten

 

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DIabolical Fantasia The Art of Der Orchideengarten Century Guild Art Book Series
October 31, 2017

Diabolical Fantasia: The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 1 (1919) Issues #1-6

The first volume in the Art of Der Orchideengarten book series from Century Guild, Diabolical Fantasia thoroughly covers the magnificent and macabre illustrations from issues #1-6 of the magazine Der Orchideengarten, first published in 1919.


The illustrations are captured from high-resolution scans made from a pristine collection in the Century Guild museum archive, and the accompanying text documents our extensive research to support the artworks and verify the artists whose names weren’t listed.

5.5" x 8.5" softcover, 80 pp full color throughout


Skull Jester Century Guild Art History Book Series Der Orchideengarten Letterpress Print

About Der Orchideengarten

Der Orchideengarten is a legendary German supernatural horror magazine, published from January 1919 until November 1921.

Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy magazine. 

Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.  

While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.

The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.  

For nearly 20 years, Century Guild has devoted itself to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture.  Der Orchideengarten gets mentioned frequently on blogs, at fantasy conventions, and at certain full-moon cauldron gatherings, but the same low-resolution images get shared over and over again.  This book is an opportunity to explore the 1919 publication in depth, with high resolution scans made from a pristine collection!

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