Friday, July 10, 2009

Manuel Orazi

I stumbled across this amazing 1895 Calendrier Magique by Manuel Orazi (1860-1934) years ago. It is a rare piece of occultist ephemera, printed in an edition of 777 copies to commemorate magic for the coming year of 1896. Each double page spread mimics the Christian calendar in some respect (name days, iconography). The document was at once a spoof and an attempt to chart the year of magic. Its surviving interest resides in the extravagant and compelling illustrations.

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