Grimoire n. a book of magic spells and invocations. From the mid 19th century: French, alteration of grammaire (grammar).
Oxford English Dictionary

This site is a collection of linked information about grimoires, focusing (with some distraction) on early modern Western European texts from the Christian tradition. The goal is to look at the connections and relationships within the metadata and subject matter of these grimoires, and attempt to collect factual information about their provenance and historical context.

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Added Touch Me Not!, an 18th century Austrian grimoire with beautiful color illustrations.

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Added John Harries' Book of Incantations, a 19th century notebook of a practicing cunning man.


Added The Book of Forbidden Knowledge, an American novelty book published in the 20th century that copies extensively from Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus.

Full history


If you can't find what you are looking for here, try some of these sites:

Twilit Grotto: the best resource for full texts of grimoires, with excellent scholarship.

Dan Harms' blog: well-researched articles on magical topics, and critical reviews of grimoire publications.

Sacred Texts,, and the Internet Archive host a number of texts in the public domain.