Monday, July 19, 2010

Jocus Severus

Alchemical Aviary Illustrations

My illustrations will be appearing in the forthcoming translation of the 17th century alchemical book, Jocus Severus, to be published by Ouroboros Press.

The press release from the publisher states:

"Jocus Severus was originally published in 1617 by Count Michael Maier and is here rendered into the English tongue from the Latin text by the remarkably able translator Darius Klein. Like his work on Giordano Bruno's Cantus Circaeus, this is the First English Translation. In addition to the new translation, the Ouroboros Press edition of Jocus Severus distinguishes itself by employing new emblematic illustration work by Benjamin A. Vierling, who in keeping with our publishing style has produced fine illustrative ornaments and a fold-out plate depicting the aviary creatures of the text. These graphic elements complement the typographical details with an effect befitting a piece of fine Renaissance book art."

The book is to be released in September of 2010, and will be available in three unique editions, including a deluxe Athenian Wisdom edition, featuring full vellum binding, marbled endpapers, and gilt lettering. Reservations for pre-order are on a first come first serve basis, and can be made directly at Ouroboros.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Le Baiser de L'Oubli

Le Baiser de L'Oubli Poster Print

In the tradition of Fin de si├Ęcle parisian posters comes this graphic ode to the decadent era. Originally conceptualized as a book plate, Le Baiser de L'Oubli conjures visions of that indispensable antagonist from symbolist literature, the Vampyr. Oblivion's deadly kiss fans the flames of macabre passions.

The image is now available as a 16" x 22.5" 3 color Poster, hand silk screened at Monolith Press in California. Printed on acid free, recycled & archival ivory paper. Limited edition of 50. Hand numbered and signed.

The poster is available for sale via :AJNA:

Special thanks to my friend and colleague, David V. D'Andrea for his invaluable assistance with the technical production of this piece.