Zagava aims to publish and distribute books produced to the highest standards, both as far as the contents and the production values are concerned.
Zagava´s books transcend the boundaries of the weird, the supernatural, the decadent and mystical.

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park by Reggie Oliver

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park by Reggie Oliver

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park by Reggie Oliver

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“I just finished the last of the ninety odd drawings for a sort of children’s book entitled: The Hauntings at Tankerton Park – and how they got rid of them, a tale in verse… The words I wrote some time ago but the drawings have taken ages. I say ‘sort of’ children’s book because I wrote and drew it really to amuse myself and though it’s just the sort of book that I would have loved as a child, I was a peculiar sort of child (still am) and it might be too macabre for some. It is about a Victorian haunted house, quite mad and part of it is a rhyming alphabet.”
—Reggie Oliver

“In the year Eighteen ninety, a banker called Clark
Bought a place in the country called Tankerton Park
Mr Clark, Mrs Clark, with Laura and Faye
Their two little daughters, moved in one March day.
And with them came Ron, their pet dog, and a horse
And the usual posse of servants of course.
They found the place elegant roomy and smart,
But terribly troublesome right from the start.
Some quite inexplicable things would appear
Which struck the whole household with horror and fear
The strangest thing was that they could record a
Sequence of haunts in alphabet order”

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park is published as large (21 by 29 cm) format hardcover volume
with silk bookmark and contains exquisite drawings by Reggie Oliver.

Price is 67.00 Euro plus 7.00 Euro for trackable worldwide airmail shipping.

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park (lettered Edition)

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park (lettered Edition)

The Hauntings at Tankerton Park (lettered Edition)

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26 lettered exemplars come with an original(!) drawing from the book, housed in a custom-made folder.

In addition, the front cover of the book is die-cut. Book and folder are protected by a black slipcase.

Reggie Oliver kindly signed these lettered exemplars.

While the regular edition is shipped in mid September, the lettered edition is shipped in October.

Price is 319.00 Euro plus 9.00 Euro for trackable worldwide airmail shipping.

Wraiths – Lost Poets of The Nineties & What Became of Dr Ludovicus by Mark Valentine

The quintessential creation of the fin-de-siècle was a slim volume of decadent verse. The attraction of the Eighteen Nineties to many aesthetes and bibliophiles is the appearance of a few exquisitely-produced books of poems in severely limited editions of a few hundred or less. But what of those whose work was even more elusive and ethereal – the poets whose verses have not survived at all? In the first known essay of its kind, Mark Valentine revives the memory of five strange and tragic Eighteen Nineties figures whose work seems utterly lost.
Continuing the theme of lost works, Valentine also discusses a macabre thriller written by Nineties poet Ernest Dowson in collaboration with an Oxford friend, Arthur Moore. It was completed, but never published, and the whereabouts of any manuscript are now unknown. Valentine reconstructs the theme and plot of The Passion of Dr Ludovicus, using the ebullient letters between the two authors. The lost shocker emerges as a rival to Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and the essay is a fascinating response to a tantalising mystery.
Designed in tribute to the art of the fin de siècle, this exquisite book includes exotic illustrations by Ronald Balfour, in the mode of Aubrey Beardsley.

The second, slightly revised edition of this wonderful title.
Softcover book in dustjacket made from beautiful hand-made Italian paper, gilt title to cover.

A Distillate of Heresy by Damian Murphy

Distillate Candle

A document is missing from a chamber hidden deep within the heart of the embassy. We cannot hope to find it, but must seek it all the same. In our search for the unattainable, we come across a book containing 4 stories, keys for which there are no locks, unfathomable oracles beneath the icy stars.

The stories reveal images as perplexing as they are illuminating. A woman gains illicit access to a penthouse in the depth of winter and finds within its hidden recesses the keys to unspeakable mysteries. A ceremonial initiation is brutally interrupted, plunging the initiate into uncharted waters. The subtle alteration of a map affects a shift of boundaries, revealing forbidden permutations in the architecture of the invisible. A relic which resides in an impossible place finds expression in the dreams and memories of an enthusiast.

Our investigations will take us beneath the royal star in the heart of the scorpion, deep into occupied territory, and into the inexplicable topology of an old hotel. The narratives, like drops of poison, will threaten to corrupt the soul. But in corruption is found new life. In putrefaction, we hope to germinate a seed: the concentrated distillate of heresy.

Limited to 85 numbered exemplars only, lithographically printed, hand-sewn binding, illustrated dustjacket, silk bookmark, illustrated endpapers, frontispiece

Infra Noir

IN Gruppe

SMOKE by Mark Valentine
FLAMMABLE MATERIALS by Thomas Stromsholt
THE UNFOLDING MAP by John Howard
SOOT by Dan Watt, illustrated by Andrzej Welminski
THE SALAMANDER ANGEL by Damian Murphy
THE SLAVES OF PARADISE by Colin Insole

Infra Noir – 6 chapters on 286 pages, sewn-bound, lithographical printed, two silk bookmarks, close to 100 photographs and illustrations.

Transactions of the Flesh – A Homage to Joris-Karl Huysmans edited by D.P. Watt and Peter Holman

Transactions OOP

 

Bound in bluish-black, crushed silk, the most striking feature of this lettered edition is a removable wooden cross, that tangles upside down while reading. The altar-shaped wooden case is covered in silk too, the edges of the book are black.

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Virtue in Danger by Reggie Oliver

Lettered Group

Each of these handsomely bound exemplars bears a unique hand(!)-illustration by Reggie Oliver. 26 lettered books in golden crushed silk, housed in a slipcase, covered in red-plush.

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