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LZ IV Inner Sleeve Mystery

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I can't seem to find anybody talking about this. I've always wanted to know where the picture that is next to the Stairway To Heaven lyrics in the inner sleeve of Led Zeppelin IV came from. It's a mysterious drawing of a bearded man reading a book, with symbols etched into the stones behind him. Who's the artist, when was is created, and, the most intriguing question, what are those symbols, and what is their meaning? There's one that stands out that I tried my best to draw and look for one matching it. Any information regarding this picture or the symbols would be really be helpful to my search.

 

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I bet it was something Page dug up, or maybe the album artist. The word "London" seems to be on the rocks as well.

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5 hours ago, dpat said:

I bet it was something Page dug up, or maybe the album artist. The word "London" seems to be on the rocks as well.

I never noticed that in the rock. So interesting.

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On 8/14/2019 at 8:31 PM, dpat said:

I bet it was something Page dug up, or maybe the album artist. The word "London" seems to be on the rocks as well.

I always saw that "rock" as a milestone.

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Interesting topic.

Does someone know here if the illustration has been specially designed and drawn for the inner sleeve or if it's a rehash of a drawing preexisting to the record?

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I don't think it's Dee, pretty certain it's old artwork, possibly an old engraving.
I don't think they're stones, maybe sacks of something?

The symbol is mysterious for sure, could be a magic sigil / sign for the occultist in the image!

 

so surprised this hasn't been solved yet with all the info on the Internet 😲

 

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found it (y)

121-the-merchant.jpg?w=700&h=

he is "The Merchant" from Canterbury Tales

1880 Chatterbox (magazine?) set of pictures inspired by Chaucer's characters!

https://chaucereditions.wordpress.com/1880s/1880-chatterbox/

symbol is still a mystery, but from a late 19thC illustrator could be a made up symbol, or maybe Erskine Clarke was involved in some occult things, and that's where the symbol is from (and therefore, presumably, Page's interest/ desire to include the image..)..

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5 minutes ago, _harris said:

found it (y)

121-the-merchant.jpg?w=700&h=

he is "The Merchant" from Canterbury Tales

1880 Chatterbox (magazine?) set of pictures inspired by Chaucer's characters!

NICE WORK! :thumbsup:

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4 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

NICE WORK! :thumbsup:

Given Page's extensive collecting habit, I'd hazard he owned a copy of this book (maybe a reprint) and thought it'd look cool & mysterious on the sleeve.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Merchant's_Tale

The tale of the merchant has a main character called Januarie (month of Page's birth!). The merchant's tale is part of "fragment 4" of the overall story.

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6 hours ago, _harris said:

found it (y)

121-the-merchant.jpg?w=700&h=

he is "The Merchant" from Canterbury Tales

1880 Chatterbox (magazine?) set of pictures inspired by Chaucer's characters!

https://chaucereditions.wordpress.com/1880s/1880-chatterbox/

symbol is still a mystery, but from a late 19thC illustrator could be a made up symbol, or maybe Erskine Clarke was involved in some occult things, and that's where the symbol is from (and therefore, presumably, Page's interest/ desire to include the image..)..

The symbol is a type of merchant’s mark. 
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant's_mark

 

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Did Jimmy own his occult book store at this point? I would imagine he found images from simply having access to that.

Also back in the day I think I found a reference for every song title on the artwork, although it's strange, the human at the bottom of the mountain seems to have a dog's face. (Black Dog) a stretch, also I don't know if the jacket's I have had have just been scratched up but it seems like there is a storm by the mountains (rain) when the levee breaks (flooding?)  Also Four Sticks would be obvious from the album cover, but also in the lantern itself. I was really into this album back then and just projected my own thoughts onto the artwork LOL!!! 

Edited by Tremelo

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On 8/12/2019 at 7:53 PM, Tangerine Dream said:

I can't seem to find anybody talking about this. I've always wanted to know where the picture that is next to the Stairway To Heaven lyrics in the inner sleeve of Led Zeppelin IV came from. It's a mysterious drawing of a bearded man reading a book, with symbols etched into the stones behind him. Who's the artist, when was is created, and, the most intriguing question, what are those symbols, and what is their meaning? There's one that stands out that I tried my best to draw and look for one matching it. Any information regarding this picture or the symbols would be really be helpful to my search.

 

LZiv.jpg

symbol.jpg

Cool post :)  

I have the book which has the originals used for John Bonham and John Paul Jones and also Sandy Denny’s.  It includes theirs and also has many others. 

There is this image which looks like the top part.   I wonder if the symbol was “created” from other symbols much like the Zoso one. 

 

 

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On 1/3/2020 at 7:46 AM, _harris said:

found it (y)

121-the-merchant.jpg?w=700&h=

he is "The Merchant" from Canterbury Tales

1880 Chatterbox (magazine?) set of pictures inspired by Chaucer's characters!

https://chaucereditions.wordpress.com/1880s/1880-chatterbox/

symbol is still a mystery, but from a late 19thC illustrator could be a made up symbol, or maybe Erskine Clarke was involved in some occult things, and that's where the symbol is from (and therefore, presumably, Page's interest/ desire to include the image..)..

Wow.  Amazing find!

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On 1/4/2020 at 11:28 AM, Tremelo said:

Did Jimmy own his occult book store at this point?

He didn't open his occult book store (The Equinox) in Kensington until circa 1975. At this point he was primarily acquiring books at bookstores and auctions in London and while on tour (book stores on Hollywood Boulevard in particular).

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On 1/4/2020 at 11:28 AM, Tremelo said:

Did Jimmy own his occult book store at this point?

He didn't open his occult book store (The Equinox) in Kensington until circa 1975. At this point he was primarily acquiring books at bookstores and auctions in London and while on tour (book stores on Hollywood Boulevard in particular).

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Interesting topic,are there any photographs available of Jimmy`s shop Equinox aka "The Equinox (Booksellers and Publishers)Ltd" in Holland Street W8 at the time he owned it? I grew up in Holland Park in the 1960s-1970s very close to both Equinox and his house The Tower House but Holland Street is very small and only ever had about 5 or 6 shops in it so I never bothered to explore them at the time.

P.S. Whilt I was searching for pictures of the shop I found this book which was published by it twice in both 1974 and 1975 https://openlibrary.org/publishers/The_Equinox_(Booksellers_and_Publishers)_Ltd

I also found this little titbit about the shop http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location.php?loc=2645

Edited by Fredbloggs

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On 1/11/2020 at 6:33 PM, Fredbloggs said:

Interesting topic,are there any photographs available of Jimmy`s shop Equinox aka "The Equinox (Booksellers and Publishers)Ltd" in Holland Street W8 at the time he owned it? I grew up in Holland Park in the 1960s-1970s very close to both Equinox and his house The Tower House but Holland Street is very small and only ever had about 5 or 6 shops in it so I never bothered to explore them at the time.

P.S. Whilt I was searching for pictures of the shop I found this book which was published by it twice in both 1974 and 1975 https://openlibrary.org/publishers/The_Equinox_(Booksellers_and_Publishers)_Ltd

I also found this little titbit about the shop http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location.php?loc=2645

http://www.englandunderground.com/city/kensington-london/listing/the-site-of-led-zeppelin-guitarist-jimmy-pages-occult-book-shop-equinox-which-closed-in-1979/

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