Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, Martínez de Irujo (Madrid, 1954) Earl of Siruela, is a publisher, writer and graphic designer.
Following his studies in Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, Jacobo began his publishing career in 1980 with the release of a bibliophile limited edition of an anonymous work from the 13th century La muerte del rey Artur («La Mort le Roi Artu»), which was awarded the Prize for the Best Edited Book by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
In 1982 he founded Siruela publishing with Sir Gawain y el Caballero Verde («Sir Gawain and the Green Knight»), which was the first of a collection offering Spanish translations for the first time of the most important novels from the Arthurian cycle. It was followed, in 1983, by the «La Biblioteca de Babel» collection (coordinated by Jorge Luís Borges, who also wrote the foreword for each book, and designed by Franco Maria Ricci). Over the years, other collections were initiated and coordinated by Jacobo Siruela, such as «El Ojo sin Párpado», «Libros del Tiempo», «El Árbol del Paraíso», «La Biblioteca Azul», «Biblioteca Medieval», «Biblioteca de Ensayo», «Biblioteca Italo Calvino», «Biblioteca Lobo Antunes» and the children’s collection of literary works «Las Tres Edades» (managed by Michi Strausfeld).
Noted for the very particular care given to the rediscovery and dissemination of authors and works from past centuries as well as for undertaking very challenging publishing projects, the Siruela catalogue also stood out for including an extensive list of the most prominent contemporary authors, philosophers and poets.
In 1985 Jacobo Siruela founded El Paseante, a multidisciplinary magazine inspired by the open-minded attitude of the urban voyeur and which, until its closure in 1998, featured an extensive showcase of some of the 20th Century’s most remarkable cultural and aesthetic ideas.
Vampiros was released in 1993. Comppiled by Jacobo Siruela, it is the most complete and documented anthology of vampire stories ever published in the Spanish language. Extended editions (including an enlarged prologue) were republished in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Jacobo Siruela was awarded the National Prize for the Best Editorial Work by the Spanish Ministry of Culture as well as the Daniel Gil Prize for Editorial Design in 2004.
In 2005 he left Siruela and, together with his wife Inka Martí, founded Ediciones Atalanta to pursue a publishing project committed to excellence, both in terms of the quality of the contents and the aesthetic value of each book.
(Jacobo Siruela with José Luis Borges. Antonio Escohotado, Albert Hoffman, Ernst Jünger & Lobo Antunes.)
His essay El mundo bajo los párpados, an historical and cultural essay concerning the subject of dreaming, was published in 2010. Both the El País (Spain) and Reforma (Mexico) newspapers highlight it as one of the ten best books of that year.
In 2011, he wrote the foreword for Cuaderno de Noche by Inka Martí. That same year he also edited El palacio de Liria, a monograph in which expert scholars examine different aspects of the main residence of the House of Alba. Jacobo Siruela contributed to this book with a text about his own family’s history, tracing it back to the earliest documented records from the beginning of fourteenth century until the present time.
The following year he published Antología universal del relato fantástico, a compilation with an introduction, written in the form of an in-depth prologue, featuring a painstaking selection of fifty-six short stories written during the 19th and 20th Centuries. The book was reprinted in 2014, adding two new stories.
He has recently completed Libros, secretos, a collection of essays which will be published in the autumn of 2015.
Inka Martí (Westfalia, 1964) is an imaginal artist, publisher and writer.
She studied Hispanic Philology at Universitat Central of Barcelona.
For several years, she hosted culture shows for Televisión Española, TV3 and BBC.
In 2005, she founded along with her husband, Jacobo Siruela, Ediciones Atalanta.
She has written two books for children, Otto (1999) and El tresor de Nova York (2007).
In 2011, she released Cuaderno de noche, a compilation of 65 dreams selected out of a thousand that she recorded in eleven journals over the course of a decade, along with the digital book Espacios oníricos, a selection of images that evoke and recreate her dream journeys and experiences and which represented her debut as a photographer.
During 2013 and 2014 her photographs were displayed in collective exhibitions in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Paris. Her first individual show was held in Barcelona at ÀMBIT Galeria d’Art during the Spring of 2015.
She regards the different sides of her current work as a convergence in one single intuitive exploration into the territories of imagination.