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Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica

Hardcover, quarter-bound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 pages
US$ 40
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A spellbinding journey through the global history of witchcraft, the third volume in The Library of Esoterica follows this magickal tradition from its ancient roots to its modern incarnations. Through more than 400 artworks, and revelatory essays and interviews with modern practitioners, Witchcraft chronicles a cathartic evolution, from the craft’s emergence in ancient goddess worship to the embrace by today’s diverse witch community.

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Customer reviews (27)

Season of the Witch

A bewitching history of a magickal practice
Initiating readers in the fascinating and complex history of witchcraft, from the goddess mythologies of ancient cultures to the contemporary embrace of the craft by modern artists and activists, this expansive tome conjures up a breathtaking overview of an age-old tradition. Rooted in legend, folklore, and myth, the archetype of the witch has evolved from the tales of Odysseus and Circe, the Celtic seductress Cerridwen, and the myth of Hecate, fierce ruler of the moonlit night. In Witchcraft we survey her many incarnations since, as she shape-shifts through the centuries, alternately transforming into mother, nymph, and crone—seductress and destroyer.

Edited by Jessica Hundley, and co-edited by author, scholar, and practitioner Pam Grossman, this enthralling visual chronicle is the first of its kind, a deep dive into the complex symbologies behind witchcraft traditions, as explored through the history of art itself. The witch has played muse to great artists throughout time, from the dark seductions of Francisco José de Goya and Albrecht Dürer to the elegant paean to the magickal feminine as re-imagined by the Surrealist circle of Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, and Leonor Fini. The witch has spellbound through folktales and dramatic literature as well, from the poison apples of The Brothers Grimm, to the Weird Sisters gathered at their black cauldron in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to L. Frank Baum’s iconic Wicked Witch of the West, cackling over the fate of Dorothy.

Throughout this entrancing visual voyage, we’ll also bear witness to the witch as she endures persecution and evolves into empowerment, a contemporary symbol of bold defiance and potent nonconformity. Featuring enlightening essays by modern practitioners like Kristen J. Sollée and Judika Illes, as well interviews with authors and scholars such as Madeline Miller and Juliet Diaz, Witchcraft includes a vast range of cultural traditions that embrace magick as spiritual exploration and creative catharsis.
The editors

Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.

Pam Grossman is a writer, curator, and teacher of magickal practice and history. She is the host of the podcast The Witch Wave, and the author of Waking the Witch. Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power. Her work has been featured in such outlets as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Artforum.

The designer

Thunderwing is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary studio co-founded in 2007 by Nic & J. B. Taylor. Collaborating on a diverse array of projects, Thunderwing creates branding and design for film, publishing, fashion, food, music, and interior design.

Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica
Hardcover, quarter-bound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8560-6
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-8563-7
Edition: Spanish
The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.

Customer reviews (27)

A fascinating, beautiful, and haunting book

Mike, January 05, 2022
This book is worth every penny.

Beautiful book

Zoltan, November 15, 2021
I've given 5 Stars because its fantastic.

Fabulous series developing

Mark, November 05, 2021
Fabulous series developing and can't wait for the next title!! All the illustrations & images are fabulous with useful written topics making them very inspiring books. Esoterica is a complex and diverse arena and these books are a fabulous place to start exploring, to send one off to investigate many of the specialist & diverse areas covered which pique personal interest. Appreciate the advance issue advice, easy ordering & delivery every time too.

Obsessed with The Library of Esoterica

Eric, November 02, 2021
Fantastic references and essays for anyone interested in the subject or on an artistic endeavor. Truly inspiring works.

Highly recommended!

Lorenza, November 02, 2021
This is my second volume from the Library of Esoterica. This one strikes a nice balance between imagery and text, and I've so far found the essays to be very informative.

Utterly Amazing

Blake, October 30, 2021
I bought on book from a store near my house and I had to get the rest of the set. The art is astounding and breathtaking. A true work of art.


Rita, October 29, 2021
This is a great addition to the "escoterica collection".
Great images and resources. A must have for all witches fans.


Federica, October 28, 2021
Just beautiful and very interesting.

Lovely art, interesting articles

Jerker, October 28, 2021
A wonderful book with beautiful artwork and interesting articles on the various aspects of witchcraft.
My favourite so far in the library of esoterica :)

Beautiful Book

Nadia, October 27, 2021
I love this series and was looking forward to this third volume.
It is full of beautiful high quality illustrations and informative text. I also like the size of the book.
Hope there are more entries in this series.
Highly recommended.
Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica
The Library of Esoterica
US$ 40
Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica