About the Publisher

William Kiesel is the publishing director at Ouroboros Press, the host of the international Esoteric Book Conference, [Est. 2009], as well as an ongoing participant in the antiquarian and scholarly book trade [c.1991]. His role also includes independent scholarship, art curation and public speaking in the complex and intriguing world of esotericism. William is co-editor at CLAVIS; Journal Occult Arts, Letters & Experience. His first book Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition was published by Three Hands Press.

Inquiries related to research, public appearances, interviews, or collection development may be made via the contact page. Thank you.

William Kiesel is a member of these scholarly societies:

European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism

Signum: International Society for Mark Studies

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Publishing | Exhibitions | Book Arts

 

 

FORTHCOMING

Similitudes of the Sublime. Edited by Joyce Pijnenburg and Egil Asprem – Ouroboros Press

 

2015

CABALA: Art and Nature by Stefan Michelspacher – Ouroboros Press

Strange Flock | Pilgrimage | Prophecying Heads [Dec. exhibition] – Ouroboros Book and Art Gallery

Visual Art in Esoteric Publishing [Nov. exhibition] – Ouroboros Book and Art Gallery

Star and Snake Artists Residency – Harbor Center, NH

Esoteric Book Conference 7th annual – University of Washington

Historia Praxis Book Series launched

Triangle Book of St. Germain. Deciphered and translated by Nick Koss – Ouroboros Press

Hermetic Enigmas and The Language of Birds | Presentation for New Expanse Vol. 1 – Chapel Performance Space

Turba Philosophorum: Green Lion Edition – Ouroboros Press

 

2014

CLAVIS 3: Cipher & Stone Launch – Art Space Hiawatha

CLAVIS 3: Cipher & Stone – CLAVIS EDITIONS

Folding Plates is Occult Literature | Presentation by William Kiesel – Art Space Hiawatha

Esoteric Book Conference 6th annual – University of Washington

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 6

Science of the Sands Geomancy art print – Ouroboros Press

Monarchia: The Aurora of the Philosophers | Magic Emblems & Prophecies of Paracelsus – Ouroboros Press

Flamel’s Hieroglypical Key – Ouroboros Press

Occult Psaligraphy | The Hidden Art of Papercutting by Hagen von Tulien – Ouroboros Press

Daemonolgie of King James  – Ouroboros Press

Howling Hellmouth Art Print – Ouroboros Press

Constellations – an Ouverture to the Zodiac. – Fulcrum Art Gallery, Tacoma.

 

2013

Salon de la Rose Noire – Object Gallery, Seattle

CLAVIS Journal Volume 2 ‘The Cloister Perilous’ Launch – Anna Melikseitan Gallery, Los Angeles.

CLAVIS Journal Occult Art, Letters and Experience Volume 2 – Clavis Editions

Alchemical Vessels: Vehicles of the Hermetic Tradition. Presentation for the Occult Humanities Conference – New York University Review in ARTFORUM.

Zoroaster’s Telescope – Ouroboros Press

Esoteric Book Conference 5th annual – Seattle

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 5

Rosicrucian Manifestos – Ouroboros Press

CLAVIS Journal of the Art Magical Art Exhibition and Vol. 1 Launch – Art Space Hiawatha, Seattle

CLAVIS Journal of the Art Magical Volume 1 – Clavis Editions

LVX=NOX – Ouroboros Press & Anima Nocturna

Temple of the Rosy-Cross. Silkscreen – Ouroboros Press

 

2012

Microcosmus Melothesia. Silkscreen with Benjamin Vierling – Ouroboros Press

Esoteric Book Conference 4th annual – Seattle

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 4

Books in the World of a Magus: John Dee and his Library. Presentation for EBC 2012

The Spirit of the Book. Co-Presented with Daniel Schulke for EBC 2012

Occult Aesthesis – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition Launch and Lecture – Art Space Hiawatha, Seattle

Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition. Monograph III – Three Hands Press

Circle of Arte presentation in connection with ‘Signs & Symbols’ exhibition – Observatory, New York

Magic Circles Poster. Silk Screen – Ouroboros Press

Elias Ashmole Lecture and Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum Launch – Art Space Hiawatha, Seattle

Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum – Ouroboros Press

 

2011

Aurae Catena Homeri. Letterpress – Ouroboros Press

Book Arts Publishing Group – Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

Esoteric Book Conference 3rd annual – Seattle

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 3

The Hidden Charms of Occult BooksSeattle Times Lit Life Book Section 21 August

Jocus Severus Launch with artist Benjamin Vierling – Fields Bookstore, San Francisco

Jocus Severus Launch – Jose Rodriguez Guerra Art Gallery, Seattle

Jocus Severus: The Serious Joke – Ouroboros Press

Interview with Greg Kaminsky – Occult of Personality episode 107

 

2010

Esoteric Book Conference 2nd annual – Seattle

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 2

Tabula Lunarium. Letterpress with Joseph Uccello – Ouroboros Press

Musings on the Hermetic Lyre in John Zorn’s ARCANA V: Music, Magic and Mysticism – Hips Road

Alligators & Alchemy in Cabinets of Curiosity – Obscura Day Host, Seattle

Wunderkammer: Transactions of the Curiosity Cabinet Society

 

2009

Esoteric Book Conference 1st annual – Seattle

Esoteric Art Exhibition at EBC 1

Giordano Bruno: Cantus Circaeus – Ouroboros Press

Interview with Greg Kaminsky – Occult of Personality episode 69

 

2008

Emblems, Magic and Hidden Knowledge – University of Amsterdam

Magic Circles in European Grimoires – Treadwells Bookshop, London

 

2007

John Dee & the Black Mirror at Picatrix Volume 2 Launch – Jose Rodriguez Guerra Art Gallery, Seattle

Picatrix Volume 2 – Ouroboros Press

Alchemical Bestiary; guest lecture – Theosophical Society, Seattle

 

2006

Alchemical Bestiary & Turba Launch with the Secret Chiefs 3 – The Stone, New York

Turba Philosophorum – Ouroboros Press

Interview with John Crow – Thelema Coast to Coast

Atalanta Fugiens with Jessika Kenny & Eyvind Kang – The Conjuring Room, Seattle

 

2005

Spellbound – Books section of Seattle Magazine October Issue

Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism with Jessika Kenny & Eyvind Kang – The Stone, New York

 

2004

The Royal Arte; guest lecture – Theosophical Society, Seattle

Bibliomancy. Letterpress ephemera – May Day Press, Vashon Island

 

2003

Board Member – Book Club of Washington

Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis. Letterpress with Rollin Milroy – Ouroboros Press & Heavenly Monkey

Heptameron and Arbatel of Magick – Ouroboros Press

 

2002

Royal Arte: Alchemical Symbolism Lecture Series – STUDIA, Seattle

Picatrix Volume 1 – Ouroboros Press