On Alchemy and the Symbolics of Color

Alchemical practice entails physical laboratory work with minerals and metals as well as a more Neo-Platonic meditative practice concerning the ascent of the soul and union with the One.

Color is used to express the processes and stages in both of these aspects. This zine, working with the idea that a symbolics is “contained within sensory images,” looks at how our experience of color arises. It begins with the cosmos and alchemical theory and moves to the physics and biology of color and color vision, early theories of   color perception, psychology, and spiritual frameworks.

By no means exhaustive, the zine is a source, a collection of trail heads into the question of how to create a symbolics of color.

ΝΟΤΕ: This is Not a color symbol  codebook.

32 pages         $15.00


Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter

Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter is an alchemical book rather than a book about alchemy. It is full of practice and experiment and perhaps a puzzle or an enigma. Its intent is to inspire curiosity about another way of knowing.

Alchemy is the art and science of bringing something to its final perfection, or its completion, much as a work of art is completed or perfected. And so, at heart it is about creation, creator, and creativity. Rooted in the Alexandrian alchemical tradition and working from a new translation of the Emerald Tablet, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter is the author’s personal exploration of the union of material and non-material alchemical practice, that is of physical alchemy and inner alchemy. Engaging the Way of the Philosopher, and through direct experimentation, several areas are investigated in light of the Emerald Tablet – Chrysopoiea, the Green Lion, the Quintessence and Aurum potabile.

Unique to the book are five new translations of the earliest extant manuscripts of the Emerald Tablet, as well as translations of John of Rupescissa’s and Arnald of Villanova’s writings on the quintessence of wine and gold. (Read more)

Paperback Edition. $19.99 

Hard Cover, Deluxe, and Riso editions are available.


The Hermetic and Alchemical Zines of Brian Cotnoir

  Boxed Set of the Zines

Includes all 7 zines plus 2 additional zines:

Introduction to The HERMETIC and ALCHEMICAL ZINES of Brian Cotnoir by Sukhdev Sandhu

The Mystic, Magick, Talismanic, Alchemical Practice of Zine Making by Brian Cotnoir

Limited Edition of 103 numbered and signed.

8.5″ x 5.5″ Photocopy, stamped.


Remaning copies may be found at

Mortlake and Co. Seattle; Lux Mentis; ReKomando, Prague; Watkins Books, London; Treadwell’s Bookstore, London; Printed Matter, Inc. NYC, and there is one on eBay

Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter Risograph Dust Jacket

Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter with a Risograph Dust Jacket.

A limited edition of 28.

28 covers each with one letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Kanat typeface designed by Lara Captan.

NOTE: This book is identical to the Standard Cloth Edition, the only difference is in the Dust Jacket.

Limited Edition of 28.


Special and Deluxe Limited Editions also available.

Special Edition: Full Imperial Vellum with goldstamped device and black leather title label also in gilt. Housed in a red slipcase with labyrinth device stamped in gold. Limited to 17 copies. SOLD OUT

Deluxe Edition: Red and Black two-tone full leather binding with gilt title and devices.

Limited to 23 copies. $365.00    ONLY 2 COPIES LEFT

Very limited quantities remain

To read more on the book and project go to Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter

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An English translation of the Arabic Emerald Tablet. Translated by Brian Cotnoir. The title and overall design by Lara Captan. The Arabic text is set in DecoType Naskh by Thomas Milo & Mirjam Somers.  Letterpress, signed Limited edition of 103 copies 12″x18″ 300gr Magnani paper.

Alchemy ‘Zines

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Alchemical Meditations
Alchemical Meditations WS Cotnoir

A nearly wordless consideration of alchemical theory and practice. Meditations is a limited edition series of linoleum block images – results from and expression of alchemical process and theory. (Read More)

The Emerald Tablet

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The Emerald Tablet can be considered one of the root texts of alchemy, a brief alchemical work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus; it describes the cyclic flow of all creation – the basis for alchemical practice.

This publication is a collection of new translations of the earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary.

arabic-text-2The Latin text is a 12th century translation of the 9th century Arabic text, and they are presented side-by-side with their respective English translations. The accordion book format has the texts and translations on one side, allowing for comparison readings of The Emerald Tablet. On the reverse side is the commentary and brief analysis by Brian Cotnoir. (Read More)

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29 copies Limited Edition Leather Bound in Red Moroccan goat leather with hot stamping 23k gold SOLD OUT

71 copies Limited Edition Cloth
Bound Green Silk with hot stamping 23k gold $850 ORDER TODAY

NOTE: The Red Leather is SOLD OUT.


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