Heavenly Bodies - Book - Ritual PNW
Heavenly Bodies - Book - Ritual PNW
Heavenly Bodies - Book - Ritual PNW
Microcosm Publishing

Heavenly Bodies - Book

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This gorgeous, full color book is like carrying a particularly gruesome, ornate, and monied mausoleum with you wherever you go. Explore the process of artisanal corpse decoration whilst gazing at the bejeweled remains of Catholic martyrs disinterred in 1578 in order to be placed among public shrines throughout Europe. An excellent coffee table book for anyone who loves skeletons dripping with gems. You know who you are. 


  • 90 full color gloss photographs
  • Text provides well researched facts regarding martyr identity and sainthood of each subject, as well as the detailed process of adornment


  • Hardcover book is 9.75 in. tall and 6.75 in. wide
  • 190 pages with glossaries


Portland's most colorful, authentic, and empowering publishing house and distributor, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution is a vertically integrated publishing house that equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice. Microcosm was started by Joe Biel in his bedroom as a distro and record label in 1996 and is now among the oldest independent book publishing houses in Portland, OR. Microcosm focuses on relating the experiences of what it's like to be a marginalized person and strives to be recognized for spirit, creativity, and value. All books are printed in the U.S. on post-consumer papers, and the company doubles the industry average in number of women authors and prioritizes hiring of special needs employees. Microcosm constantly poses the question “How can we remove barriers to success for marginalized people in our industry?”