Saturday, May 14, 2011

 The Magic Songs of the Finns is available for pre-ordering

The first book of the Pagan Archive serie is being printed and ready in less than two weeks. I'm really excited to get my hands on it and see how the final product looks like.

The Magic Songs of the Finns is a translation of a large collection of Finnish folk magic, which was collected in the 19th century from the rural parts of Finland and Karelia. Most of this material was collected and edited by Elias Lönnrot, who also assembled the Finnish national epic Kalevala.

The book contains 639 spells covering most of the material of the original collection. The themes of the spells are really diverse ranging from healing magic to last traces of shamanistic practices among the Finns.

The book has a hundred woodcuts designed by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, the most famous of the illustrators of Finnish folklore. I have also used ornaments and typefaces designed William Morris for the book.

The book was almost ready for printing when I found some quality artificial leather. Most of the synthetic leather has a very plastic-like feeling, but when I got my hands on this batch I immediately wanted to use it for the book. The covers are decorated with foil stamping and blind embossing.

I just booked flights to UK for the beginning of June. I will be staying mostly in London, but will also visit an antiques fair in Newark and some smaller towns along the way. More about that later on.

There is more information on the book on our website:

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