One of the great aches of my life is that I still have yet to visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle. Lucky for me, they have provided us with the next best thing via a beautiful new book, "Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic." It contains not only the exquisite photographs courtesy of Sara Hannant, but writing by museum director, Simon Costin, and a preface by the esteemed magic historian, Ronald Hutton. Each image is also accompanied by full written descriptions for added context.
Strange Attractor Press has done a marvelous job in crafting the book as well, and has released three editions which include a hardback special edition, standard hardback and paperback. It is also satisfyingly square-shaped, full-color, and impreccably designed, making it a rather totemic object unto itself.
One Hundred Objects from The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
By Sarah Hannant and Simon Costin
225 x 225 mm, 240pp
Over 120 images in colour & BW.
Available in pb, limited hb and Special editions.
One hundred objects, exuding magic and mystery, emerge from the darkness of Cornwall’s much-loved Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in this book of haunting photographs.
Artist and photographer Sara Hannant has captured the very essence of these carefully-selected artifacts, including wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets. Each striking image tells its own vivid tale of belief and ceremonial practice.
Accompanying the photographs are informative texts from Sara Hannant and Museum director Simon Costin, as well as an illuminating introduction by the leading historian of British witchcraft and magic, Ronald Hutton.
Sara’s pictures are rites of evocation… a radically new and exciting approach to the work of representing the past to the present. ~ Ronald Hutton
Available in three editions – Hardback Special Edition, Standard Hardback and Paperback.
Do order yours here. It makes a dark and lovely gift for the holiday season and beyond.