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This striking oversized hardback focuses on the connection between text and imagery in magical texts spanning centuries and includes material from numerous countries and traditions.


Including over two hundred colour illustrations taken from grimoires and related material created and preserved across the world, this book is both an excellent resource for those interested in magic and manuscript history and a beautiful publication. Davies, president of the Folklore Society and professor of social history at the University of Hertfordshire, presents his work in a clear tone that is accessible to most readers. The contents of this book are broken down into chronological chapters that use the progressing ways grimoires were produced as a guide. As such, chapters begin with a focus on ancient materials and eventually progress to pulp printing and the contemporary grimoire.


New Haven: Yale University Press, 2023. Hardback, 256 pages. New.

Art of the Grimoire – Owen Davies