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Grimoires : a history of magic books

Author: Owen Davies
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Grimoires are books of spells that were first recorded in the Ancient Middle East and which have developed and spread over the ensuing millennia.
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Genre/Form: History
Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Davies
ISBN: 9780199204519 0199204519 9780199590049 0199590044
OCLC Number: 244766270
Awards: Shortlisted for Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2009.
Description: x, 368 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ancient and medieval grimoires --
The war against magic --
Enlightenment and treasure --
Across the oceans --
Rediscovering ancient magic --
Grimoires USA --
Pulp magic --
Lovecraft, Satan, and shadows.
Responsibility: Owen Davies.
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The first ever history of magic books - or grimoires - from the ancient Middle East through to the modern day, from harmless charms and remedies to sinister pacts with the Devil.  Read more...

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Excellent and nuanced volume. Michael Ostling, History Today Anyone who is interested in...this subject will find this book an invaluable reference, and they will be entertained. Alec Ryrie, Times Read more...

 
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