The Ninth Arch - now at printers
The production files for The Ninth Arch were finally sent to the printers a couple of days ago. I'm hoping to receive printers proofs before the Christmas / New Year shutdown, with the books being delivered to Starfire Towers by the end of January.
The final volume in the Typhonian Trilogies, this republication runs to 592 pages and has a 32-page section of colour and black-and-white plates. There are six new plates, taken from an illuminated The Book of the Law produced by Steffi Grant in pen & ink and watercolour in the mid 1940s. Also reproduced in colour is the self-portrait by Steffi Grant that Kenneth Grant had with him when staying at 'Netherwood' as Crowley's secretary in 1945. A selection of the colour plates in this volume, including the self-portrait and two of the new ones, can be viewed on the Starfire Publishing website:
Ordering ahead of publication has been open for some weeks now. Further details of the standard and deluxe editions, as well as how to order, can be found on the Starfire Publishing website:
To mark the republication of The Ninth Arch and the culmination of the Typhonian Trilogies, there will be a day of talks, details of which will follow.
There are other titles planned for later in 2017. A collection of essays on various aspects of the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant, compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan, will be published in the Spring. These essays cover a wide field, taking in such topics as the relationship with Crowley; Lam and the Typhonian Tradition; magic in fiction; the influence of Gerald Massey; Zos Kia Cultus and the impact of Spare; the foundations of sexual magick; and lots more. Further details of this book will be posted on the Starfire Publishing website in the New Year.
Work has also started on the first volume of Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Grant. This first volume will comprise letters from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. It will include the series of letters which Kenneth wrote to Steffi whilst he was staying at 'Netherwood' in 1945, and his letters to Germer from the late 1940s to 1955.
sounds a tasty treat!
I'm happy to report that printers' proofs threw up a few problems, the last of which were finally cleared a week or so ago. The book is now - to relapse into the high-flown, technical language of publishers - in full-scale print-production. The current schedule is for the books to be delivered from the printers during the week commencing Monday 6th February. As production surges onwards, ever onwards, the date of delivery will emerge, to be disseminated by further updates.
More details of the book and how to order may be gleaned from the Starfire Publishing website:
Starfire Publishing Ltd.
Does this now mean that, with effect from 6th February, all of Kenneth Grant's books in the Typhonian Trilogies will be together available in print for the first time? Or are there any in the meantime which may have currently lapsed?
Enquiringly & congratulationally yours,
Norma N Joy Conquest
Unfortunately not, Jamie. Outside the Circles of Time went out of print a few months ago, and won't be reprinted until later this year.
Thanks very much for your answer, Mick. Possibly keeping them all in print at the same time may become a bit of a juggling act, like keeping nine plates spinning simultaneously in the air, but good luck with it anyway! And there look to be some attractive new titles coming up too, along with the advertised forthcoming 'day of talks' in the near future.
It won't be too difficult to keep them all in print. Once Outside the Circles of Time is restored to the land of the living, we should be good for a year or so until The Magical Revival needs similar treatment. All the other titles are still good for a few hundred copies, I'm happy to say.
Yes, there are some good titles in the wings, more details of which will follow shortly.
The print production of The Ninth Arch was completed last week, and on Friday I received samples of the printed materials for approval before the final stages of production - binding, casing and jacketting - commence. The samples were of a high standard, and following the resolution of the one query I had, these final stages of production are now under way.
The schedule is for the standard edition to be delivered to us during the week commencing Monday February 6th. At this late stage of production I anticipate little if any slippage, but will let people know if there is.
In the meantime, further details of the book and how to order are on the Starfire Publishing website:
Starfire Publishing Ltd.
30th January 2017
I'm delighted to say that finallly. after a period of preparation extending for much of last year, and a longer-than-usual time at the printers due to the Christmas / New Year break, four massive pallets of the book were delivered to Starfire Towers this morning.
The book has been very well produced by the printers. I'm particularly pleased with the reproduction of the six plates taken from an illumunated manuscript of The Book of the Law created by Steffi Grant in 1944. But all plates have turned out well.
Whilst I've thoroughly enjoyed working on the republications of the trilogies, I'm glad to have reached the last volume. Whilst the republishing was under way I felt compelled once a volume was published to move straight on to the next. Though this had to be done, I have in the process neglected much other work, and once the initial distribution of The Ninth Arch has been attended to - not only the packaging and despatch of pre-publication orders, but also preparing a large consignment of the book for shipping to our distributors in the USA - I'll be turning my attention to these other things.
But in the meantime, let's celebrate the republication of The Ninth Arch, and with it the completion of the republication of the Typhonian Trilogies.
Looking forward to the deluxe!
Thank you, Chris.The deluxe will be along some time in March. The specialist binders cannot start work on it until the standard edition has been printed.
You have been working with Antony Rowe for both deluxes and standards? Do they do the printing and the binding of both? Do you know how the sourcing of leather and the dyed end-paper works and where they come from for your work?
I am interested in the book making process since I was a kid stapling and binding my own little pamphlets.
Sorry if this is the wrong forum but I hope others are curious too.
Let me answer your questions, Chris, by describing the production of the deluxes for The Ninth Arch. Like all volumes in the Typhonian Trilogies, the print run was 1500 copies. Of this run of 1500, 111 were to be deluxes, the remaining 1389 standards.
After being printed, collated and sewn, the standard edition is bound and cased at the printers, and delivered on pallets. Uncased book blocks go to the specialist bookbinders for them to produce the deluxe edition, working to a specification which details the leather binding (111 quarter-leather, and a small number of full-leather for private distribution), the marbled paper used to bind the boards, the cloth used to bind the slipcases, the head- and tail-bands, etc). This usally takes a few weeks to accomplish, depending on how much other work the bookbinders have at the time.
I don't know much about the sourcing by the bookbinders of leather and paper. I choose the paper used to bind the boards from the websites of a couple of firms in the UK which produce hand-marbled paper. However, I always specify the same leather - black goatskin - and leave the bookbinders to source it.
Interesting! Thanks Mick!