York Beach, ME: Weiser Books, 2001. Paperback, 79 pages. New.
The Grimoire of Armadel is one of the most famous of the grimoires of the Seventeenth Century. It features detailed descriptions of the nature and offices of a wide variety of spirits together with their seals. This edition, translated from the original French and Latin by Golden Dawn founder Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918) contains over 40 magical spells and rituals, together with detailed diagrams and conjuring charts. The Grimoire of Armadel is relatively unique insofar as, unlike other grimoires which deal with conjurations of spirits which grant specific powers or perform duties, the spirits it features affect the disposition of the magician. Also, its tenor and mythos is markedly Christian, with chapter titles in ecclesial Latin.
Anyone with an interest in the Ceremonial magic of the Early Modern period and its influence on the contemporary Western Occult Tradition will find much of interest in this grimoire and its methods.