This auction is for a handmade altered art witches spellbook. It is 8.5 inchs wide, 10.5 tall and about 1.5 thick at the spine. It is a former photo album with neat handmade paper pages and hard covers with handmade paper and put together scrapbook style with strings binding it to the cover and string and toggle latches. The handmade paper took my blood red stains and paints wonderfully, and over them I adhered 16 pages of spells. The spells are half handwritten and rhyming, with a gruesome touch, and half the work of others. They are printed in in a medieval colored border on linen paper and mod podged over, the pages have crispy but worn feeling and some tatted edges. . It is aged to look several hundred years old. The spells are in an ornate, somewhat hard to read, font, for atmosphere, and there are lots of drops of blood etc all over the book. On the pages facing the spells there are some witch illustrations, and some spell ingredients, a werewolfs tooth, hair from a demon's goat, bat's blood, wormwood etc. . I had a ton of fun decorating this book and creating the poetry!! The original book had some tissue pages seperating the photo pages and I've left some of them in the book for interest. The spells are Summon a storm, Love be gone, death, Fertility, Sheild, Youth, Binding powder, wart removal, Love, Energy, Enchant, repel a demon, truth, and ghost summoning. Just now I realize that the summon storm page is in the book twice.
The spelling is medieval, lots of extra e's on the end of words and some y's instead of i's but it can be read. As an example of my poetry here is the spell for youth
Make ye a mortre
Fromme a younge girls skulle
At her graves border
When the moon is fulle
Shape ye a pestel
fromme her lefte legg bone
And it it nestle
Use bothe when ye make
Ye pottyn of youthe
And the draught ye take
Here is the description from Ebay of the two handmade books:
This auction is for two small handmade books that are one of a kind and great Halloween props. They are handsewn with criss crossing white threads on the spine. They are each 4 inchs wide and the potion book is 6 inchs tall while the spelle book is 5. They are leather with limp pages and worn and truly Halloween looking!
They are on fine suede, lambskin I think, and handwritten and then aged and stained to simulate 500 years of wear. They each have a book gift tag in the front saying"From her Mam to (blank spot to insert your name) Solstice 1556"
Modpodge has given the covers some darkening and stiffening and it is on some of the pages too,. The pages are tattered on the edges and have some bloody fingerprints on the spell book and chemical spills on the potion one. They each have about 10 pages and are just the right size for a medieval witch to hide them easily from the witch hunters. The books are written with some medieval spelling, so a bit tricky to read. . the potions one in poorer handwriting and the Spells slightly more ornate like two witches in the same family penned them.
Potions contains Invisible Poudere, cursing oyle, Witches brew, flying oyle, differnt recipes for cursing and flying oyls, purging syrup, drink to cause vipers, to forget love, to make a cow (kyn) go dry, wart causing, and transformation, scorpion curse, Theives vinegar and damnation powders. some of these are from medieval physicians handbooks, slightly tweaked to make them more halloween appropriate, but full of ingredients from the middle ages.
The spell book has 9 rhyming spells with occult drawings on the facing pages.
This is my first blog and I've done it rather quickly as a TV show I want to watch starts in a minute to two. . hope all the pictures show up! Lynn