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Art Reproduction by Metastazis
36 pages, Thread Bound measuring 15X48 cm with Quadricolor & gold gilding. Comes with an A5 24-page English translation/transcription booklet. Limited to 777 copies

The Calendrier Magique, translated as the "Magical Calendar" in English, is a French publication from the late 19th century. This calendar, of great rarity, as it was printed in only 777 copies 130 years ago, primarily deals with occultism and black magic through the lens of astrology.
For the first time since its release, it has been reissued identically, in 777 copies. Its size, the use of gilding, the paper used—everything has been done to ensure that the experience of consulting this document closely resembles the original.
It consists of 36 pages, printed in 5 tones, and is accompanied by an exclusive and independent booklet containing the transcription and translation into English of all the texts contained in the calendar.
It was originally commissioned to the poet Austin de Croze and the poster illustrator Manuel Orazi and published in 1895 by the Maison de l'Art Nouveau in Paris, at a time when esoteric spirituality and dark romanticism were popular trends in the capital.
For each double page of the calendar illustrating a month, there is a set of diagrams highlighting information related to astrology, as well as incantatory poems and full-page illustrations, all drawn and calligraphed by Manuel Orazi.
Numerous references to the worlds of black magic, and occultism, but also artists like Odilon Redon or Francisco Goya adorn the pages of the booklet.
We are delighted to offer an interested audience the opportunity to discover or rediscover this document forgotten for too long, which we have had the opportunity to unearth after more than a century of silence.

This description is taken from the Metastazis Bigcartel website

An original Calandrier Maqgique sold at Chrities in April 2017 for GBP 26,250

The following is the Christies listing.
ORAZI, Manuel (1860-1934) and Austin DE CROZE. Calendrier Magique. Paris: l’Art Nouveau, 1895.

2° (550 x 160mm). 16 leaves featuring 13 full-page lithographs heightened in gold, numerous other lithographic illustrations in gilt and colours including large decorative initials, pentagrams, a tarot card, and other occult symbols. 

RARE ART NOUVEAU BLACK MAGIC CALENDAR. This striking publication brings together various elements of sorcery and occultism to produce a wildly unusual subversion of a typical calendar. Handsomely printed with strong colours in an apparent run of 777 copies, this work is an arresting example of the esoteric style of art nouveau illustration at the fin de siècle. Bib. Esoterica 609; Caillet 8197: 'fort original et d'une rare exécution artistique'.

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