joseph uccello

Later Sunday at the EBC, artist and graphic designer Joseph Uccello presented Codex Homunculi: Reflections on the Artificial Creation of Human Life in Alchemy, Magic, and Hermeticism, circa 300-1900 ce.

He himself mentioned multiple times how gross the process was, and he apologized for having to say “…sperm, because it was used a lot.” He referenced solely Christian alchemical homunculus mythology, not entirely unsurprising.

If I had an hour to reflect on the history of Homunculi to a group of people with mixed knowledge of the subject, I would have touched down on a completely different set of moments, stories and references than he did.


Occlith 0: Omniform By Joseph Uccello (Limited Edition Hardcover)

Since 1992, Xoanon and its sister publishing house Three Hands Press have pioneered the art of occult publishing, their practice driven by the philosophy that a truly magical book transcends the medium of its material embodiment. In part, this has been achieved through sublime qualities of exceptional content and artistry: original text, image, and type design which are undeniably possessed by the inspiring spirits which animate the volume. In the most potent of instances, the book coalesces by a hidden and vital anatomy, whose heart pulsates with life. Historically, the phenomenon of the magical book has appeared at the confluence of magic, mysticism, artistic inspiration and high craftsmanship. Nowhere is this as evident or beguiling as in the corpus of European alchemical texts, created in the ascendancy of movable type, where individual spiritual revelation came to inform both how the Royal Art of Alchemy was understood, and how books were made.

In collaboration with The Viatorium Press, and in the spirit of furthering the modern tradition of the Magical Book, we are pleased to announce Occlith Omniform 0 from award-winning artist, typographer and printer Joseph Uccello. Containing essential texts of the Paracelsian School of Alchemy, the whole serves as an animated sourcebook of essential Hermetic philosophy and Natural Magic, vivified through the letterpress-inspired type design and Uccello’s masterful ink and brush drawings. In addition to the lavishly-illustrated alchemical texts, Omniform includes an essential lexicon of alchemical terms, and an original Introduction by Uccello serves as the portal of ingress into this Corporeal Book.

Occlith Omniform 0 is 272 pages, printed on heavy art stock,
and available in the following editions:

Standard Hardcover
Full heavy gunmetal cloth with dust jacket,
limited to 555 hand-numbered copies