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Az0th: Grimoirium Verum

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.moderated,talk.religion.misc,alt.pagan.magick
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: Az0th: Grimoirium Verum
Date: 26 Jul 1996 12:36:25 -0700

[from alt.magick: (Az0th)]


>I would like to know what the Grimoirium Verum is, what it can be used
>for and where to obtain it. Any intelligent responses would be
>appreciated. Thanx

The Grimorium Verum is one of the better regarded examples of the grimoire
class of magical literature. The important bits were included in Waite's
_Ceremonial Magic_, and in more literal detail in Shah's _Secret Lore of
Magic_. Trident published the only recent, complete edition in 1994, hand
bound by Joel Radcliffe in cobra and papyrus, raised spine bands, black
buckram slipcase, ribbon markers and all.

It's a beautiful example of the bookbinder's art, and I'd bet that you
won't find one these days for the original $75 price. As I recall, the
handbound edition was limited to only 75 copies or so, and so far as I
know was never put in regular hardcovers. Your best bet would be Serpent's
Occult, if you really wanted one of these. Otherwise look for Idries Shah's
book, in either the '58 hardback, or '72 paperback editions from Citadel,
or Waite's book, still in print in paper covers from Weiser as _The Book
of Black Magic and of Pacts_. University Press did a nice corrected hardback
of this one, which you may also be able to find.

The Trident edition is also interesting for its inclusion of an additional
treatise, 'The Book of the Black Serpent' by 'A Fellow of the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn', dealing with a variety of angelic evocation,
but not directly related to the Grimorium Verum, which is explictly a
handbook of demonic evocation. Queries I posted at the time elicited
no further information regarding the actual provenance of this work,
whether of the original Golden Dawn or its later reincarnations.

It's possible that IGOS has an edition of the Grimorium Verum, as they
have a variety of other grimoires in print. 


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