From papyrus rolls to dusty leatherbound tomes full of arcane symbols and powerful incantations, books of magic have always cast a powerful spell on the human imagination. The history of these objects of fascination takes us on a journey from the ancient religions of the Near and Middle East, to the first wave of printed grimoires in Protestant Europe, to the advent of Lovecraftian pulp fantasy and horror. A thoroughly enjoyable and eloquent look by Owen Davies beneath the covers of the extremely chequered past of the grimoire.


Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (2010), paperback, 283 pages.

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books - Owen Davies