Grimoire, 18th century

  • Italian
  • Latin
Paper; 1 volume 15 x 21.4 cm (20 leaves)


Getty AAT genre
18th century
Summary note
Occult compendium with rituals, recipes, and sections on alchemy, astrology, and demonology. The text also includes the Virtutes Psalmorum Regis David, which is a series of seventy-one divinatory precepts that appear after the first verse of the psalms to avoid censorship. Several related texts have been added to this, including studies of the formula "abracadabra," seal formed from Hebrew characters, the Celestial alphabet, the alphabet of Malachi, the Tetragrammaton, Hydromantia, and a series of prophecies of future events that were supposed to occur between 1740 and 1990. There is also a diagram of the "hours of the planets" near the end. This manuscript was most likely written by an anonymous occult practioner for their own use.
Binding note
Stitched into contemporary pink paper binding.
Source acquisition
Purchase, 2018 [AM 2019-65].
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