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$13,285
pledged of $1,313pledged of $1,313 goal
110
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, March 12 2019 8:48 PM UTC +00:00.

About

In 2016, thanks to the Kickstarter community, we successfully funded our most ambitious project ever: a reprinting of Alphonse Mucha's lost Symbolist Masterpiece, Le Pater.  

Originally published in an edition of only 510 copies in 1899, the series of psychedelic artworks by the quintessential Art Nouveau artist was his deeply personal occult exploration of The Lord's Prayer, overflowing with androgyny, magick, and obscure mystical symbolism.

After twenty years of research and three years of writing, our enormous hardcover book - LE PATER: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism - is finally being released in April of 2019, and to celebrate we are creating shirts, enamel pins, and canvas bags with Alphonse Mucha's incredibly rare illustration of the all-seeing Eye of Providence.

All the shirts are cotton/poly blend, tagless, and hand-silkscreened, and will be printed in men's and women's cuts in all sizes.

We are also making metal pins and book bags with Alphonse Mucha's Eye of Providence; the pin is 1.5" nickel and the bag is a heavy 12 oz. canvas to keep your books and belongings safely nestled.

The gigantic 12" x 16" hardcover book was envisioned at 100 pages, and across the past two years ballooned to its final count of a whopping 224 pages.  The book provides an overview of mystical symbolism from the 14th century through 1900, and is profusely illustrated with many never-before-published artworks and photographs.  All the images were documented at a magnificent high resolution to accommodate the enormous scale of the book, and spot varnished throughout. 

LE PATER: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism is the most beautiful art book that will be released this year, and is the most important book on metaphysical and Symbolist art in decades.

LE PATER Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism 

A book exploring mystical symbolist art from Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) to William Blake (1757-1827) and Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), with stops at the Invisible College (1618) and Joséphin Péladan's legendary occult Salon Rose+Croix (1892). 

The book also details the seances and metaphysical experiments conducted in Mucha's studio, and has chapters devoted to Bing's salon L'Art Nouveau and the Exposition Universelle of 1900.  Profusely illustrated with grand two-page spreads, the book features a number of never-before-seen artworks and photographs and rarely seen artworks presented in a higher resolution than ever before.  (The video above is the unedited version of the campaign video.)

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER

  • Giant 12" x 16" foil-stamped hardcover
  • 224 pages, profusely illustrated with rare and never-before seen artworks and photographs
  • Deluxe varnish throughout
  • Gilt-edged pages
  • These will retail in April at $179, with this campaign you can still get a copy at a preorder discount of $120.

CLAMSHELL EDITION OF 200

  • Eye of Providence cloth clamshell
  • Alphonse Mucha's "Amen/Ainsi-soit-il" facsimile 
  • Signed and numbered vellum title page
  • Hand-marbled endpapers by Renato Crepaldi 
  • Full vegan leather cover with foil stamping
  • These will retail in April at $650, with this campaign you can still get a copy at a preorder discount of $499.

Masterful endpapers for the clamshell edition, hand-marbled by Renato Crepaldi.

These large 19.5" x 27.5" out-of-print Alphonse Mucha posters featuring images from Le Pater were published last year in an edition of only 100... they are SOLD OUT online, but a handful of proofs are being made available as part of this campaign.  Prints are blind-stamped and on heavyweight glossy art paper.

Alphonse Mucha's 1899 artwork "Pater noster qui es in coelis".
Alphonse Mucha's 1899 artwork "Pater noster qui es in coelis".
The rare and famous poster for hoaxter Leo Taxil's scandalous 1886 book "The Mysteries of Freemasonry".
The rare and famous poster for hoaxter Leo Taxil's scandalous 1886 book "The Mysteries of Freemasonry".

ABOUT US.

Century Guild is a Los Angeles gallery and publisher founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in numerous International Art and Antiques Fairs, including a major presence for fourteen years at the center of San Diego Comic Con where they introduced important artists of the 19th century to a new generation of art lovers. The limited edition books and prints published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and rarity- books issued at $75 as recently as a year ago can be found on Amazon today for upwards of $600. We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. Thank you for sharing our excitement for rare and unique artworks from the early 20th century!

Thomas Negovan is a Kickstarter Thought Leader, creator of over 40 campaigns, and was the first artist to both record and release music on wax cylinder in a century. His book Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism is his most important and thorough work to date, and represents twenty years of research and over two years of writing and production.

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    Alphonse Mucha's Eye of Providence PIN

    High quality 1.5" metal pin depicting Alphonse Mucha's rare 1899 artwork the Eye of Providence.

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    Alphonse Mucha's Eye of Providence SHIRT

    High quality t-shirt (tagless, cotton/poly blend) with Alphonse Mucha's rare 1899 artwork the Eye of Providence. (T-shirt cut and size selected in the project survey.)

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    High quality heavy zippered canvas bag with Alphonse Mucha's rare 1899 artwork the Eye of Providence.

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    METAL PIN + SHIRT + BAG complete set

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    METAL PIN + SHIRT + BAG set + PRINT

    One Patronage Print from the museum... Mucha, silent films, theater, and many more options! PLUS Alphonse Mucha's rare 1899 artwork of the Eye of Providence on all three items:

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    Alphonse Mucha LE PATER hardcover book

    Giant 12" x 16" hardcover book printed to scale with Mucha’s original artworks. Published in ultra-high resolution on fine paper with advanced color correction, deluxe varnishes, and elegant gilded edges. 224 pages, profusely illustrated with rare artworks and photographs.

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    The complete Mucha LE PATER book set

    The complete Alphonse Mucha LE PATER book set.

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    HALLOWED and TEMPTATION prints

    One set of deluxe large Alphonse Mucha OUT-OF-PRINT offset edition prints: "Hallowed Be Thy Name" PLUS "Lead Us Not Into Temptation". Both are 19.5" x 27.5", high quality offset on heavyweight paper. Blindstamped with Century Guild symbol. Ships in hard tube. You can add any other pledge levels to this tier by adding the amount to your pledge.

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    MYSTERIES OF FREEMASONRY print + book

    One deluxe "Les Mystères de la Franc-Maçonnerie" print, 19.5" x 27.5", high quality offset on heavy cardstock. Limited edition of 100. Blindstamped with the Century Guild emblem. Ships in hard tube. PLUS a copy of the massive 12" x 16" hardcover edition of LE PATER: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism.

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    RARE BOOK package

    A selection of rare art books from The Century Guild Museum of Art, including out-of-print editions. Over a $600 value!

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    • Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume One hardcover book
    • David Mack: Muse hardcover book
    • Carl Otto Czeschka: Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900
    • Flowering Lines: Rare Art Nouveau Graphics 1883-1911
    • Transcendent Luxury: German Art Deco Masterpieces 1912-1927
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    LE PATER Limited Clamshell Box Edition

    The superior contents of the deluxe 12" x 16" hardcover edition of LE PATER, bound in a special fabric cover with gilt lettering and a limited edition archival, high-resolution facsimile of the final artwork titled “AMEN” all contained in an archival fabric clamshell box designed to dramatically recreate the experience of the original 1899 presentation.

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    LE PATER Clamshell Edition complete set

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    ORIGINAL 1899 MUCHA occult LITHOGRAPH

    Supplicants before the Eye of Providence crawl from the mire of human existence towards a spiritual state of Wisdom in Alphonse Mucha's 1899 artwork "Pater noster qui es in coelis". Only 510 were printed on a single date, December 20, 1899- and only a fraction of those would have survived until today. Exceedingly rare. An antique lithograph of the highest quality. Approx. 10 1/2 in x 14 1/2 inches. Comes with certificate of authenticity and a copy of the forthcoming Le Pater hardcover upon its release. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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