Hereward Tilton & Merlin Cox (eds): TOUCH ME NOT Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Edition 2017 158pp Fulgur 4to hardback. Illustrated in colour throughout. Full crushed black morocco, bevelled edges with design and titling in red, all edges red. NM, housed in cloth slipcase.
Ltd. ed. 23/66. Touch Me Not! is an Austrian manuscript compendium of the black magical arts, completed c.1795. Unique and otherworldly, it evokes a realm of visceral dark magic. As the co-editor Hereward Tilton notes, the manuscript ‘appears at first sight to be a ‘grimoire’ or magician’s manual intended for noviciates of black magic. Psychedelic drug use, animal sacrifice, sigillary body art, masturbation fantasy and the necromantic manipulation of gallows-corpses count among the transgressive procedures it depicts. With their aid hidden treasures are wrested from guardian spirits, and the black magician’s highest ambition – an infernal transfiguration and union with the Devil – can be fulfilled.’