Under the Eye: A Brief History of FULGUR
edited by Robert Ansell
On August 9th, 1992, FULGUR was born. Our founding principles were simple; to revive and develop Aleister Crowley’s philosophy of the book as a talismanic object; to champion quality and longevity in book design, and moreover, to celebrate and promote magical artists such as Austin Osman Spare. In the early days, some of these ideas were very much against the occult zeitgeist, which was often pre-occupied with the fast and cheap dissemination of information. Our first decade was consequently something of a struggle, but over time support began to grow and the founding principles took root. Today, the idea that the book itself can be an expression of magical intent has found a new generation of enthusiasts.
To celebrate our birthday this book briefly discusses the strange circumstances surrounding the formation of the company, offers context for our development, and provides a full bibliography of our titles from 1992-2012. With rare photographs and anecdotes, this is sure to be an essential companion for those interested in the contemporary revival in occult publishing.
Introduction – Clive Harper
Prolegomena – Gavin Semple
Preface – Robert Ansell
- Astropoeia – Austin Coppick.
- The Witches’ Sabbath. A Publisher’s Precis – Ansell (1992).
- The Valley of Fear. Transcript of launch night speech, London (Ansell, 2008).
- Vudu Cartography. Transcript of launch night speech, Chicago (Bertiaux, 2010).
- Making the Book Talismanic. An Interview with BoingBoing (Ansell, 2012).