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This book collects eerie and creepy artworks from the legendary THE ORCHID GARDEN, the FIRST supernatural fantasy magazine (1919-1921).
This book collects eerie and creepy artworks from the legendary THE ORCHID GARDEN, the FIRST supernatural fantasy magazine (1919-1921).
This book collects eerie and creepy artworks from the legendary THE ORCHID GARDEN, the FIRST supernatural fantasy magazine (1919-1921).
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THE ORCHID GARDEN supernatural horror fantasy art 1919-1921

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Der Orchideengarten is a legendary German supernatural horror magazine published from January 1919 until November 1921.  In 2017, with your help, we will reprint the artworks from this rare and important magazine!

Founded four years before the iconic American magazine Weird Tales launched in March 1923, Der Orchideengarten is considered to be the first fantasy magazine. 

Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic.  

While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories.

The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions- all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication.  

THE ORCHID GARDEN: DIABOLICAL FANTASIA will thoroughly cover a carefully curated selection of magnificent and macabre illustrations from the issues published in 1919.

Why we need your help.

For nearly 20 years, Century Guild has devoted itself to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture.  We've prepared the materials, and by preordering a copy and spreading the word, you can help us make a documentation of this very rare and very obscure magazine come to life.  Der Orchideengarten gets mentioned frequently on blogs, at fantasy conventions, and at certain full-moon cauldron gatherings, but the same low-resolution images get shared over and over again.  This book is an opportunity to explore the 1919 publication in depth, with high resolution scans made from a pristine collection.

The magazines were printed with letterpress debossing, creating rich, dense text and images; we are capturing the artworks in ultra-high, crisp resolution for maximum detail.
The magazines were printed with letterpress debossing, creating rich, dense text and images; we are capturing the artworks in ultra-high, crisp resolution for maximum detail.

"Why books?  Everyone else is going digital!"

We are book people.  We love tactile experiences.  In a hyper-stimulating digital era, we believe that there's nothing more important than curling up beneath a lamp with a cup of tea and exploring new worlds by thoughtfully turning the pages of a well-crafted book.  Call us archaic or romantic, but it's an experience that we want to help perpetuate.  We hope that you will help us make this happen!

"Life has left me hollow; I'm still not convinced."

First of all, the content is mind-blowing.  After the First World War, the Weimar Republic was formed, censorship was lifted in Germany, and the floodgates opened to release the greatest creative period of the 20th century in the realms of silent cinema, theater and cabaret, and visual arts. If you are a fan of the strange and sinister, THE ORCHID GARDEN is pure Weimar-era gold.

Second, if you are a creative person in any field, we pride ourselves as being one of the best-kept secret resources for writers, artists, and directors looking for the obscure, eerie and eccentric.  These books are part of our mission of making our archives accessible to a wider audience.  Century Guild's publications reside on the shelves of some of the greatest creative minds of the 21st century–the amount of inspiration in these pages is vast.

Third, we make gorgeous books!  Clive Barker called the Imaginer book that we published "the finest book to ever carry my name."  David Mack raved over our Muse release of his ink drawings as being exactly like the experience of paging through one of his journals.  The list goes on... we are proud of everything we've published!  We care deeply about beautiful books and design!  Our obsessive attention to detail is applied to create an immersive, tactile reading experience, ensuring that these are high-quality books that you'll cherish for decades to come.

The pledge rewards!

Orchid Garden 1.5" metal and enamel lapel pin
Orchid Garden 1.5" metal and enamel lapel pin

 

 

 

Magnesium plate for one of our limited edition prints- about to go onto the letterpress!
Magnesium plate for one of our limited edition prints- about to go onto the letterpress!

 

The first three books in our Antique Artworks series
The first three books in our Antique Artworks series

Learn more about Transcendent Luxury: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/centuryguild/rare-german-art-deco-poster-masterpieces-1914-1921

Learn more about  Beautiful Macabre: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/centuryguild/beautiful-macabre-rare-vintage-poster-masterpieces

Learn more about Flowering Lines: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/centuryguild/flowering-lines-rare-art-nouveau-posters-graphics

ABOUT US

Costumes from The Great Gatsby on display among Art Nouveau furniture and objects at the Century Guild Museum of Art in Los Angeles
Costumes from The Great Gatsby on display among Art Nouveau furniture and objects at the Century Guild Museum of Art in Los Angeles

Century Guild is an institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Located in Los Angeles, Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in their Chicago and Los Angeles galleries, as well as numerous International Art and Antiques Fairs across the last two decades and for fourteen years were a major presence at San Diego Comic Con International. Works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in numerous institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art. The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out of print volumes are commanding high prices on Amazon and eBay. 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 your support in this important academic endeavor by helping us to create a gorgeous keepsake book.

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    Ten books and postcard and pin sets with one VERY SPECIAL addition- YOU WILL WRITE A BOOK DEDICATION to be published on the title page, for anyone you choose! (We will help you write this if you like, and we also reserve the right to refuse or edit what we consider inappropriate content.) Author will sign books if you like, and any stretch goals will be provided in quantities of ten. You'll also personally receive a special thank you on the title page for making this book possible. And as a special thank you: FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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