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Restoration Books Bindery & Fine Press is proud to announce the hand-bound full leather edition of Albert Pike's masterpiece on Masonic symbolism, Esoterika, as well as matching copies of Pike's The Book of the Words.
Pike's Esoterika was originally only published in manuscript form, in an edition of two hand-written and bound copies. In 2005 Arturo De Hoyos, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, published for the first time a newly typeset reprint of Esoterika.
The Book of the Words was originally published in 1878 in an edition of 100 printed and bound copies. In 1999 the SRRS reprinted this wonderful book with a small amount of additional material and an insightful introduction by Bro. De Hoyos.
Our hand-bound, full leather editions of Esoterika and The Book of the Words replicate the original binding that Albert Pike commissioned for the single manuscript copy of Esoterika housed at the Supreme Council's Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite archives. Each copy is bound in full navy blue morocco goatskin with traditional hand-marbled endpapers and a silk ribbon marker. The binding design was painstakingly reproduced from a photograph of the original copy of Esoterika held by the House of the Temple archives, the only variation from the original being the signature of Albert Pike, tooled in gold, on the front cover. All gold tooling and top edge gilding is executed by hand. The Book of the Words will be bound in identical blue morocco leather in matching style, with the only difference in design being the titling to the spine.
Bro. Arturo De Hoyos has generously offered to sign each copy and include the official foil stamps of the Supreme Council and/or the Scottish Rite Research Society along with the Grand Historian/Archivist Stamps. Each copy of Esoterika and The Book of the Words will also have a beautiful facsimile replica of an official 19th century Supreme Council bookplate tipped into the front of the book, along with a personalized "Ex-Libris" plate with the owner's name placed below the Supreme Council bookplate.
These hand-bound leather editions of Pike's Esoterika and The Book of the Words are strictly limited to one hundred signed and hand-numbered sets. These stunning books are sure to become highly collectible heirlooms worthy of being handed down for generations to come. For more information, please visit our project blog at: AlbertPikesEsoterika.blogspot.com.
A limited number of copies of Esoterika and The Book of the Words are available for purchase at a cost of $375 per book, or $750 per set, including fully insured shipping and handling. Utah residents are subject to state sales tax rates. Please contact us here for purchase or any questions that you might have.