Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, the Arts and the American West

Edited by Sarah V. Turner, James Mansell and Christopher Sheer

It is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced – MADAME BLAVATSKY

With these words, written in The Secret Doctrine in 1888, Helena Blavatsky drew a direct connection to the dynamic energy of nineteenth-century Americanism and the Theosophical Society. She and her successors would specify the American West as the site for a rebirth and re-enchantment of humanity, drawing those seeking spiritual fulfilment outside of organized religion to the dramatic landscapes of California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The syncretic nature of Theosophy encouraged individualism in belief, fitting well the popular notions of freedom and personal agency used to characterize the American West.

In 2014, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum at Utah State University staged the first exhibition to explore artistic responses to the confluence of enchanted thought in the American West in the early twentieth century. Building on this research, Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, the Arts and the American West will be the first publication devoted to these relationships in art and music. Through a series of interlocked contextual essays, interviews, and interpretations of individual works by the exhibition’s curators and invited scholars, this publication will explore the role of Theosophical thought in fostering dynamic cultural networks in the region that redefine the relationship between enchantment and modernism.

PUBLICATION: June 30th, 2019

Touch Me Not: A Most Rare Compendium of the Whole Magical Art

Edited by Hereward Tilton and Merlin Cox


Our full colour facsimile of this unique grimoire has been a bestseller in 2018, drawing much praise on blogs and social media, including Hyperallergic and BoingBoing. The lucid translations and references by scholars Hereward Tilton and Merlin Cox provide many new insights, including sources for the text and key images.

With the first edition now nearly sold out, we will be reprinting this important text in early 2019. The second edition brings with it a new cover design and some minor  revisions to the text.


ISBN: 978-1-5272-2883-2
£35.00 | $49.95

PUBLICATION: June 3rd, 2019


Shannon Taggart

Forward by Dan Akyroyd, creator of Ghostbusters and fourth-generation Spiritualist. Introduction by Andreas Fischer, curator of The Perfect Medium.

“Spiritualism is an American-born religion that believes we can communicate with spirits of the dead. I first became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, after my cousin received a message from a medium who revealed a startling detail about my grandfather’s death that proved to be true. In 2001, I began photographing in the town where my grandfather’s message was received: Lily Dale, New York, home to the world’s largest Spiritualist community. I soon expanded the project and travelled to séance rooms around the world in a quest to find and photograph ‘ectoplasm’ – the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.”
“SÉANCE will present hundreds of original photographs, as well as historical imagery that attempts to capture spirits on film. Spiritualism’s photographic past contains some of the most bizarre, absurd and uniquely unsettling images in the history of photography. SÉANCE is the next chapter.”
Shannon Taggart, 2016

PUBLICATION: October 10th, 2019