The Carfax Monographs

Edited by Robert Shehu-Ansell


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Drawn from their pioneering documentary work in the late 1940s, the original Carfax Monographs were an ambitious crossroads of art and occultism from the early magical career of Steffi and Kenneth Grant. Privately published as a series of occult essays between 1959-1963, the original monographs included hand-drawn images by Steffi and were produced in very small numbers. Few survive.

The purpose of the Carfax Monographs was to reconstruct and elucidate the hidden lore of the West according to the canons preserved in various modern esoteric orders and movements. Not only were they unique in what they had to say when originally published, but a proper regard to colour, proportion, attribution and accuracy of technical detail made them a ‘veritable grimoire’ for those able to apply the formulae contained within.

This new edition draws upon unseen material from the Kenneth and Steffi Grant Archive to present this pioneering series in a fresh light. An illustrated contextual essay from Henrik Bogdan makes clear the importance of Steffi’s early role as protagonist; working as artist–researcher, author and series administrator. For this new edition we have also re-photographed Steffi’s large scale Golden Dawn sketchbooks to reproduce her key images as full-colour  facsimiles. In addition, the original essays have been edited and full citations added, together with a bibliography; all cross-referenced with the Kenneth and Steffi Grant library to ensure the editions cited are those they worked from themselves.

The Carfax Monographs series may be seen as the antecedent of Kenneth Grant’s famed trilogies; this edition aims to be the most comprehensive yet.


Special edition
72 hand-numbered copies only, signed by Gregory Grant and Henrik Bogdan
Watered silk, top edge gilt, slipcase
120 pages
32.5cm × 24cm
43 colour illustrations | 4 black and white
English text


Preface – Robert Shehu-Ansell
At the Crossroads of Art and Occultism: the Carfax Monographs 1959–1963 – Henrik Bogdan

The Tree of Life – Steffi Grant 
The Golden Dawn – Steffi Grant
Aleister Crowley – Steffi Grant
Austin Osman Spare – Kenneth Grant
Vinum Sabbati – Kenneth Grant
Mage and Image – Steffi Grant
Hidden Lore – Kenneth Grant
Yetzirah – Steffi Grant
Magical Creation – Kenneth Grant
Vault of the Adepts – Kenneth Grant
Further Considerations – Steffi Grant