“We are currently at the very beginning of the editing process,” says Lukáš Loužecký, editor of the “Bibliotheca Horev” series that is published under Vodnář publishing House. Lukáš, together with Vodnář, are no novices when it comes to publishing and editing books by Franz Bardon. They are the team who, after years of research, were the first ones in the Czech Republic and worldwide to bring Bardon’s books, the Textbook of High Magic, along with a full and historically accurate version of the Aid to Introspection, to light, which Bardon co-wrote with his friend and talented student, Josef Drabek (who has also been unfairly forgotten in historical records).
The Bibilotheca Horev series soon gained a positive reputation for its historical accuracy and high quality hardbound prints, while using only the best materials, including imported Belgian eco-leather for its covers. The series now numbers over 16 books, and aside from publishing new versions of Bardon’s main three books in Czech and English, our team is also working on completely new and previously unpublished Bardon material, including diaries written by Josef Drabek, describing the practices of Bardon’s inner circle.
“My dream is to have all of Bardon’s books and material published in a historically accurate and full form, in both Czech and English, but also to make sure that our attention to detail and quality will be preserved in all other language translations,” says Lukáš.
We are at the beginning of a whole process, and we will inform our readers with any new progress, as we progress, but we can already announce that the new versions will include :
- New high end scans of all tarot cards.
Readers will finally be able to enjoy the bright and glowing quality of those paintings, which were, unfortunately, limited by the digital technology of the 90’s, when the currently published scans were made available.
- Hardbound books in high quality that we will do our best to keep in a similar price range as current versions.
- The correction of all currently known mistakes
- New previously unpublished material, including pictures and scans of original manuscripts.
- Footnotes by direct disciples of Bardon’s inner circles.
We are also working on translating Aid to Introspection and the Texbook of High Magic into English, and will do our best to bring it to readers as soon as possible. : ) Please keep your eye on this website, and we will keep you updated about what is going on behind the scenes. : )
We, of course, encourage students of Franz Bardon, who own old versions of the books, to keep practicing while waiting for the new versions to arrive. There is no need to throw away old editions of the books and start over, however, we hope that everyone will happily anticipate new and better definitive versions coming : )
Astrid + Matthew