Wednesday, November 3, 2010

 At the Helsinki Book Fair

The 10th Helsinki book fair was held last week. I had a stand there and it turned out to be very lively 4 days. We were also able to get out two new books just before the fair which was fortunate.

Most of my sales go through internet and I always enjoy seeing the customers face to face on those few live sales events I attend to. It was especially interesting to get to chat with Antti P. Balk from the Thelema Publications LLC. He's been selling books to UK and America for years and he always has good advices to share.

My stand was at the antiquarian section of the fair. There were some 50 stalls this year, of which only 2 were abroad (Sweden). I didn't really do that much buying this year, these days I tend to buy only particular books im looking for and it's easiest to find those online.

Monday, October 4, 2010

 At the Antiques Fair and Fleamarkets of Paris

It was again very interesting to visit the twice-a-year Antiques and Ham Fair in Paris. On the weekend I also visited the antiques markets at Porte de Vanves and Porte de Clignancourt.

I have seen these cameo sets often in museums but not in the market before. This full set had 270 pieces and it was made from the original Roman medals and coins hold in the collections of Vatican. Price 4000 euros.

Piles of old armor replicas.

A masonic wooden table which has been used by the Grand Orient de France. Around hundred years old, price 100 euros.

This 16th century iron chest was something I hadn't seen before. Price 700 euros. The symbols of the anvil are very common also in Finnish folk antiques.

This skull was made of an interesting stone type, but the execution was bit crude. Price 140 euros.

I would probably had bought these two Chinese guardian lions (or "Foo Dogs") if I had had the transportation set beforehand. They were full bronze and quality craftmanship. Age unknown, price 350 euros for the pair.

I will take pictures of the few items I bought from the trip later on.

Monday, September 20, 2010

 Antiques Hunting Trip to Paris

17-18th century ancestral skulls from Papua New Guinea. Photographed on my last trip on March 2010.

I have tomorrow a flight to Paris where it's once again the time for the National Antiques and Ham fair (Foire Nationale à la brocante et aux jambons). I visited it first time last March and found it to be a true treasure trove with it's over 700 antique dealers.

On my trips I search especially for esoteric, occult, pagan, spiritual or other religious antiques. Particularly I have been trying to find some esoteric statues. I also collect wall textiles and book related antiques.

In the weekend there will also be Numicarta-fair which has 80 dealers on numismatics, postcards, photographs and other collectables. I will go see if I can find some old esoteric photographs or ancient Greek and Roman coins. I particularly collect holed coins that show some indication of being used as amulets.

And of course I will also be visiting the world's largest flea market in Saint Ouen (also called Clignancourt), where among the 2500 antique stalls are also the two dealers who specialize in esoteric antiques.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

 Art: Gnomes and Trolls of John Bauer

The turn of the century Scandinavian art has always been one of my favorites, called usually Art Nouveau, Jugendstil or National Romantic style. It's especially mesmerizing when treating the themes of paganism, folklore and the ancient past of our countries.

John Bauer (1882-1918) was a Swedish painter and book illustrator famous for his depiction of gnomes, trolls and other mythological beings of Scandinavian folklore. His best known work is Among Gnomes and Trolls (Bland tomtar och troll) from which I have here some pictures for you.

Project Runeberg can be thanked for these lovely images.

Monday, August 16, 2010

 The Ruins of Pirita Monastery in Tallinn

Here are some pictures from the ruins of Pirita Monastery in Tallinn from the last autumn.

The monastery was found 1407 and it soon became the largest monastery in Livonia. The monastery was destroyed in 1577 by Ivan the Terrible.

The meadows around the monastery are very serene. On a nearby hill there is location of an old chapel that predates the founding of the monastery.

Most of the old cellars and tunnels under the monastery are sealed, but one of the gates was left unlocked.

Here is also a video of an Estonian folk-metal band Metsatöllplaying at the ruins.

 Pagan Archive Grand Opening

It's always an exciting moment to launch a new website, and especially so this time since Pagan Archive is a project on which I have been working on for quite a while now. Welcome :)

I'm a Finnish book publisher and I've been living in Estonia for a year. For the last few years I have worked with my small publishing company Salakirjat, which has been very interesting time. The books have mainly concerned traditional Finnish paganism and folk magic.

My main focus for this year has been to start publishing books also in foreign languages, primarily in English, and launching this blog is a natural step to that direction. My main project is to get an English translation of a book about Finnish folk magic published by the end of the year.

I will start by translating some content from my Finnish blog, and as the work on those two books progresses you will be hearing more of them as well.

The blog will have the plain default layout until I open the Pagan Archive main site.

Best wishes from Helsinki

Pagan Archivist