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by Rhys Hughes
Publication Date: December 2012
Details about the book: sewn hardcover with dust-jacket printed on deluxe heavy paper, cloth boards, gold and silver folio, silk ribbon, end papers and full-color frontispiece.

An entire story-cycle in miniature. One thousand years of the remarkable magical history of a secret region of Spain where few people venture even now. Albarracín is a rose-red town tucked away in the mountains of Lower Aragon. Once the seat of an independent taifa during the dominance of the Caliphate of Cordoba, it remained saturated with ancient mystery long after the separated kingdoms of the peninsular were forged through conquest into the single nation we know today. In Albarracín still lurk the djinn of the wondrous past in their dusty bottles and the ghosts of heroes and villains locked in the crucibles of a rogue alchemist.

As Alarcon once wrote, “A happy time it was when our land still remained in peaceful possession of all the spider's webs, dust, woodworm, respect, faith, traditions, uses and abuses sanctified by the centuries!”

Above the roofs of the crumbling town serenely float the clouds; but these are not mindless puffs of vapour. On the contrary, they control the destinities of those who dwell below. In a modern world where the East is trying too hard to become the West, only Albarracín has successfully reversed the trend; for in this place the West always was the East; and the true flavour of Oriental magic remains bright on the tips of the swords, in the pulse of the hearts and on the rims of the cups of the men and gods who enter therein.


The Shapes Down There
The Spare Hermit
Sally Forth
The Magic Gone
Sangria in the Sangraal
The Man Toucan
Latitude, Longitude and Plenitude
The Kind Generosity of Theophrastus Tautology
Scaramouche's Pouting Mouth
Knossos in its Glory

Sangria in the Sangraal is a full-colour sewn hardcover book of 112 pages with dust-jacket, silk ribbon, endpapers and a full-colour frontispiece.

Collector's edition limited to only 107 hand numbered copies.

Other Ex Occidente Titles by Rhys Hughes
The Coanda Effect

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