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Newsletter - April 2006

Ouroboros Press Newsletter
April 2006

This issue:

New Publication:
Turba Philosophorum Pre-Subscription

Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism
Emblematic Presentation in New York by William J. Kiesel

Dear Friends and Patrons,

This newsletter highlights two current events of the Press including a new book release and an Alchemical presentation by yours truly, which will occur at the close of this month. If you are in the New York area I encourage you to come witness this presentation and hear the exquisite music to be performed later in the evening. These are just two recent items which occupy us and other works are still in various stages of production – more news may of course be found at our website:

Thanks for reading and I hope to meet some of you in NYC.

Kind Regards,

William J. Kiesel
Ouroboros Press
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105

Now Available for Pre-Subscription

The Turba Philosophorum or Assembly of the Sages:
Called also the Book of Truth in the Art and the Third Pythagorical Synod
An Ancient Alchemical Treatise Translated from the Latin by Arthur Edward Waite

Known unto the wise as the Crowd of Philosophers, this twelfth century treatise records the meeting of the “Hermetic Association for the Advancement of Alchemy” and gives voice to the alchemical wisdom of several centuries. From Pythagoras to the Thrice-Greatest Hermes, the Adepts converse on the keys of the Royal Art and the nature of the Magnum Opus in their pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Arthur Edward Waite’s translation of The Turba Philosophorum remains the most complete to date due to the fact that he examined the many variant Latin manuscripts. There were two versions of the Turba; a short version and a long version, and in cases where textual differences occurred, Waite was sure to note them. This new edition has retained those important words of wisdom.

This Limited Edition produced by Ouroboros Press continues the tradition of fine bookmaking by resetting the type and offering two distinctive binding styles.

Deluxe Leather Turba
Handbound in full burgundy leather with gilt titles and device, false-raised cords, marbled endsheets and a silk ribbon bookmark from the venerable studios of Ars Obscura Bookbinding. Octavo. 162 pages. Limited to 300 copies only. $135.00

Trade Edition Turba
Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine title and printed dust jacket. Octavo. 162 pages. Limited to 700 copies only. $45.00

Patrons of the press can now pre-order copies of the Turba Philosophorum to ensure that a copy will be secured in your name. As with all our publications pre-subscriptions are the real reason these texts are made available at all, thanks are to be given to those forward thinking individuals and institutions who continue to support Fine Esoteric Bookarts.

By subscribing, patrons will receive the benefit of the pre-subscription price, which includes free shipping, as well as guaranteeing to be the first to receive this important tome of the Hermetic Tradition when it returns from the printing and binding processes. Release Date: August 2006

Acceptable method of payments include check, money order or PayPal.
All checks must be made out to ‘William J. Kiesel’ and sent to the below address.
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Payment may be sent to:
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105


Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism – April 27, 8PM & 10PM
Ouroboros Press editor William J. Kiesel to give Emblematic presentation at John Zorn’s venue; The Stone in New York’s Alphabet City. Please visit the venue website for directions and details:

This presentation, which will be accompanied by slides of alchemical emblems and iconography, aims to give a brief historical and symbolic background underlying the Alchemical and Hermetic tradition and it’s use of music. Figures such as Marsilio Ficino, Pico Della Mirandola, Robert Fludd, Anathasius Kircher and Count Michael Maier will be discussed and examples of their works shown. Maier’s work; Atalanta Fugiens with its fifty emblems, epigraphs and musical pieces will form a significant part of the presentation and will be followed later in the evening by a contemporary performance of some of his works by Jessika Kenney [voice], Stephanie Griffin [viola] and Eyvind Kang [viola].

This is the first in a series of presentations planned in an effort to promote the Ouroboros Press and raise needed funds for important translation work and other publishing projects.


William J. Kiesel
Ouroboros Press
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105
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