Plastic Wax Factory Vol 02 76 - DE VERMIS MYSTERIIS

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      This numbered edition Acrylic Glass Print, designed by William King, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Printed on archival-quality photo paper mounted on the back of a 1/8" thick, clear acrylic substrate, this artwork comes ready to hang on a wire attached to a wooden frame fixed on the back.

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      DE VERMIS MYSTERIIS. Book written by Ludwig Prinn circa 1542. (Though a date of 1484 has also been given, this time is more historically likely.) Just before the author's death at the hands of the Inquisition, unknown individuals smuggled this volume out of his cell. One year after its author's death, a Latin edition of De Vermis Mysteriis was published in Cologne. This is considered the sole reliable printing of this manuscript. When the Church found out about the book, they considered it to be so dangerous that Pope Pius V banned it in 1569. In 1587, a black-letter German translation was made in Dusseldorf; this edition, however, is of less usefulness to the scholar, as much of the material found in the Latin edition was expurgated. Another (perhaps Latin?) edition was published in Prague in 1809, though no other information on this run has been found. Several English translations of De Vermis Mysteriis have been made over the centuries. The first, which came from the noted fraud and magician Edward Kelley, was published in London in 1573. In 1670, Johann Lindenmuth of Nuremberg translated the book into German as Die geheimnisvollen Wurme; it was never printed, and the location of the manuscript is unknown. During the 19th century, a "Clergyman X" published a heavily expurgated English pamphlet delineating the contents of the book's most famous chapter, "Saracenic Rituals", but due to certain omissions, it is almost useless to the serious scholar. A Mr. Charles Leggett translated an English version of the book from the German in 1821, and a few copies, published in a very limited edition and illustrated by woodcuts from the original Latin. However, this book is not considered as valuable as the Latin edition. Another edition, published in 1895 by Starry Wisdom Press, has not yet been located. Copies of De Vermis Mysteriis may be found at the Huntingdon Library in California, the Starry Wisdom Church in Providence, and Miskatonic University. The British Museum possesses a complete German edition as well as half of the original Latin, though the latter is in very poor condition. A copy kept at the Brichester University Library was burned in the Sixties. One Latin copy was kept at one time in the now-deserted town of Jerusalem's Lot, Massachusetts, but it probably disappeared with that town's inhabitants in 1789. A great deal of this copy was written in characters that resembled the runic alphabets of the Celts. It may be that Prinn came upon a copy of the Druidic rituals which the Roman scribes preserved and used it in a portion of his manuscript, or possibly the "runes" are part of a cipher used to conceal matters of great import. With the lack of any readily accessible copy of the book, it is difficult to tell whether this manuscript is unique or if this oddity may also be found in the other editions. De Vermis Mysteriis is divided into sixteen chapters, each dealing with a different topic such as divination, familiars, necromancy, elementals, and vampires. The most famous chapter deals with the rituals of the Saracens, from whom Prinn had learned during his imprisonment after the Crusades. This book includes spells to call down invisible monsters from the skies, along with tales of Byatis and the worm-wizards of Irem, the true nature of the Egyptian crocodile-god Sebek, the formula of the drug known as Liao, and a series of operations intended to speed the transformation of a human-deep one hybrid. Users should be cautious—a love philter described therein has had unexpected effects, while a rite involving aconite, belladonna, corpse-fat candles, a blue chalk circle, and an animal sacrifice may only bring short-term prosperity to the magician. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, monsters and creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over still murmuring their arcane incantations. Plus the odd tome, sigil, place of interest and manifestations of magical mumblings amongst the cursed. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.

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