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The Carfax Monographs

Steffi and Kenneth Grant

 

facsimiles of Steffi Grant’s Golden Dawn sketchbooks, c. 1946-48
images of ephemera and typescripts from the Kenneth and Steffi Grant archive
introductory essay by Henrik Bogdan
edited by Robert Shehu-Ansell, with citations and bibliography

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Drawn from their pioneering documentary work in the late 1940s, the original Carfax Monographs were an ambitious crossroads of art and occultism from the early magical career of Steffi and Kenneth Grant. Privately published as a series of occult essays with hand-drawn images by Steffi between 1959-1963, the original monographs were produced in very small numbers. Few survive.

The purpose of the Carfax Monographs was to reconstruct and elucidate the hidden lore of the West according to the canons preserved in various modern esoteric orders and movements. Not only were they unique in what they had to say when originally published, but a proper regard to colour, proportion, attribution and accuracy of technical detail made them a ‘veritable grimoire’ for those able to apply the formulae contained within.

This new edition draws upon unseen material from the Kenneth and Steffi Grant Archive to present this pioneering series in a fresh light. An illustrated contextual essay from Henrik Bogdan makes clear the importance of Steffi’s early role as protagonist; working as artist–researcher, author and series administrator. For this new edition we have also re-photographed Steffi’s large scale Golden Dawn sketchbooks to reproduce her key images as full-colour  facsimiles. In addition, the original essays have been edited and full citations added, together with a bibliography; all cross-referenced with the Kenneth and Steffi Grant library to ensure the editions cited are those they worked from themselves.

The Carfax Monographs series may be seen as the antecedent of Kenneth Grant’s famed trilogies; this edition aims to be the most comprehensive yet.

DETAILS

Hardback
32.5cm x 24cm
120 pages
43 colour | 4 black and white
1 kg
English text

STATUS

Shipping 15 November 2021

CONTENTS

Preface – Robert Shehu-Ansell
At the Crossroads of Art and Occultism: the Carfax Monographs 1959–1963 – Henrik Bogdan

The Tree of Life – Steffi Grant 
The Golden Dawn – Steffi Grant
Aleister Crowley – Steffi Grant
Austin Osman Spare – Kenneth Grant
Vinum Sabbati – Kenneth Grant
Mage and Image – Steffi Grant
Hidden Lore – Kenneth Grant
Yetzirah – Steffi Grant
Magical Creation – Kenneth Grant
Vault of the Adepts – Kenneth Grant
Further Considerations – Steffi Grant

Notes
Bibliography

Weight1.5 kg
Dimensions33 × 24 × 1.5 cm
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