Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nine Gates project - Completed

My thanks goes to Paul Jones who talked me into making this replica and to Jeff Schmidt for his assistance on the graphics aspect. A special thanks goes to Mike Haspil for sharing his years of research into the Nine Gates with me, thus making this replica as accurate as possible.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Weathering the Nine Gates

I got back from work late last night and only managed to weather 2/3rds of one book. Here are some pics of some of the weathered pages:

I haven't weathered the cover yet. Saving that for last.

De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis, or The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows:

With flash:

Without flash:

The front cover:

The 5 raised bands on the spine:

The pentacle:

The back cover:

The blank flyleaves and title page:

The first woodcut - Silentium est aureum "Silence is golden"

The Porta Secunda woodcut:

The damaged S as pointed out by Fargas to Corso:

The fake 9th woodcut:

These books are still in pristine condition. I will be starting the weathering process for each book soon.