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Plastic Wax Factory Vol 06 89 - THE BOOK OF EIBON

THE BOOK OF EIBON. Tome penned by the Hyperborean wizard Eibon. Legend has it that it was found amid the ruins of his blasted tower, but Cyron of Varaad's afterword to the book tells of how Eibon left him the manuscript, which Cyron then arranged into sequential order. The Book was then passed from teacher to pupil for many years, with occasional notes being added by subsequent readers. After the destruction of Hyperborea during the Ice Ages, copies of the Book made their way to Zobna and Lomar, and later Atlantis and Hyboria, by way of a secretive cult that revered Eibon and may have been related to that which preserved the Pnakotic Manuscripts. The priesthood of Mithra in Brythunia, a country of the Hyborian Age, might have preserved a copy, but if so it has been lost.
 There seem to have been two paths by which the Book of Eibon made its way into the modern world. The first route was through Egypt, as traders from Atlantis brought their goods and knowledge to that land. The volume was translated into hieroglyphics, and the so-called "Kishite recension" made by the former high priest of Sarnath may have derived from one of these. It then made its way through the Mediterranean area, where the Syro-Phoenician scholar Imilcar Narba made a Punic translation around 1600 B.C. Byzantine Greek (or Graeco-Bactrian) copies were later made, and around 960, Theodorus Philetas correlated several of the surviving texts into a medieval Greek volume. A Greek copy may still exist, but the oldest confirmed copy is the ninth-century Latin translation of C. Philippus Faber, which was likely the source of the Latin text printed in Rome in 1662. The Latin copies of the Book of Eibon at Miskatonic and Harvard stem from this particular tradition.
 The second path was through a mysterious culture known as the Averones. These people fled to the east from the sinking Atlantis, bearing the Liber Ivonis on tablets with them. The Averones settled in a land that was to become Averoigne, and these tablets formed an important part of their rituals even centuries later. One book in the original Hyperborean tongue may have been kept here, at least until the fourteenth century. The Averonian version eventually made its way to Ireland, where Latin and Irish translations may still be found. One Latin version might have been found in the library of the notorious Aleister Crowley.
 In the 13th century, Gaspard du Nord of Averoigne made a French translation of the Book, most likely from a Greek manuscript (though the possibility of influence from his region's traditions should not be ruled out). This Gaspard was a sorcerer of some note, who saved his home city of Vyones from the designs of the evil magician Nathaire, who might have owned the copy that Gaspard later translated. In their gratitude, the authorities allowed him to continue in his occult studies, which presumably gave him the freedom to translate the Book of Eibon free from all popular censure. Many sorcerers and witches of the area used this particular edition to great effect, even centuries after its completion. Several copies of this edition still survive, including those at the van der Heyl mansion and another at the Starry Wisdom Church of Providence.
 During the reign of James I, an unknown scholar, presumably a translator of the King James Bible, translated the Book of Eibon into English. A dedicated searcher may still find a few of these copies. To the best of our knowledge, the Book  has never been printed. A more recent French translation by the noted author Clark Ashton Smith vanished after his death. One Randall Flagg, a member of the Church of Starry Wisdom, created an unpublished set of Notes from the Book of Eibon.
It should also be noted that a copy was passed down among the van Kauran family of New York, though it is uncertain which edition they held.
 A great deal of Eibon's book is devoted to tales of his own youth, his magical experiments, and his journeys to Shaggai and the Vale of Pnath. The book contains information on the rites of Tsathoggua, the artist Rhydagand, and tales of the great Rlim Shaikorth. Incantations for calling the emanation from Yoth and the Green Decay are held within, along with formulas for a chemical that petrifies living flesh and a powder that will destroy certain star-spawned monstrosities.
 Though the Book of Eibon covers a vast amount of knowledge, only a fraction of the original work survives. For instance, certain rituals intended to call down dholes to serve the summoner have been lost, and an encoded one-page appendix regarding the Antarctic Old Ones is found in only a few volumes.

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