The Fabled Kitab Al-Azif Unearthed
The HPLHS presents its latest addition to our series of academic monographs from Miskatonic University Press: The Discovery of Fragments of Kitab Al-Azif at Harran. Scholars from Cambridge and Miskatonic universities collaborated on a series of archeological digs in what is now southern Turkey. The expedition revealed an ancient occult document long thought lost to the ravages of time.
Excavations at the site of Harran made several unusual discoveries. But chief amongst them is a fragmentary medieval document in Arabic. Professor Henry Armitage correlated the translated fragments with a passage in Miskatonic's incredibly rare occult tome: the Necronomicon. The expedition really unearthed a fragment of a legendary document never seen before: Kitab Al-Azif, the Arabic original of the Necronomicon!
This monograph tracks the journey of the discovery from the team's expedition to Harran, the excavation of multiple test pits and the discoveries made therein. It follows the work of translators and other experts as they connect the fragments to Greek and Latin editions of the fabled Necronomicon. The monograph features numerous photos, maps and illustrations as well as large format reproductions of the Al-Azif fragment in the original Arabic.
Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and archeology will be delighted with this painstaking recreation of an academic monograph of yesteryear. This monograph is ideally suited for collectors of mythos memorabilia and for role playing gamers looking for a prop that's able to withstand a high level of scrutiny. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will enjoy this deep dive into one of the author's most enduring creations.
The monograph features 32 pages of text, photos, diagrams, maps, detailed footnotes, a glossy 14-inch color centerfold and more. It is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, saddle stapled with a high quality green cover.
We anticipate these will begin shipping around March 1.
Q: Is this real?
A: It was published by Miskatonic University Press, the publishing arm of a fictitious university. We hope that answers your question.
Q: Is that real Arabic? What does it say?
A: Yes, it's real Arabic. It says exactly what the monograph says it says. The Greek and Latin sections of the monograph are also authentic.
Q: Is Harran a real place?
A: It is. It was a center of learning in the ancient world and has not, to date, been thoroughly excavated. It is in Turkey, near the Syrian border: not far from the region recently devastated by earthquakes.
Q: Are there more Miskatonic University monographs?
A: Yes. We have ones on the Codex Beltrán-Escavy and the Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. We have several more titles in the works.