Oxford University Press is conspiring against me. They released Owen Davies’ new book Grimoires on March 26 in England, but they’ve delayed the American release until May 15 – in other words, just in time for the book to arrive at the Undisclosed Location while I’m in England. I will have my revenge, OUP!
Or I’ll just find a copy over here through a specialty seller, one of the two.
In the meantime, Davies has released his “top ten” grimoires list in The Guardian. I’ll summarize it here:
- The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses
- The Clavicule of Solomon
- Petit Albert
- The Book of St. Cyprian
- Dragon Rouge
- The Book of Honorius
- The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
- The Magus
- The Necronomicon
- The Book of Shadows
Now, I realize that The Guardian intends for this piece to be more entertaining than informative. We don’t receive any criteria for the inclusion of books, and some of the titles include many different works – but overall, we don’t want to get too wrapped up in these issues.
Nonetheless, it’s made me think about what I’d consider my top ten grimoires. I’m putting together my thoughts, so feel free to sound off in the comments.