Grand Grimoire

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The Grand Grimoire is a name given to a number of black magic[1] grimoires (four works known, one of which is the Key of Solomon[citation needed]) believed to date back to 1522. It was possibly written some point after the 18th century[2] but may also represent a translation of The Sworn Book of Honorius, a 13th-century text.[3] It was ostensibly published in Cairo by a person known as Alibek the Egyptian. Also known as "The Red Dragon", this book contains instructions purported to summon Lucifer or Lucifuge Rofocale, for the purpose of forming a Deal with the Devil. The book is called "Le Veritable Dragon Rouge" ("The True Red Dragon") in Haiti, where it is revered among many practitioners of Voodoo.[citation needed] It is claimed they were placed under King Solomon's throne by the devil to tempt him.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Sword and sorcery author Lin Carter routinely used the term karcist, used in the Grand Grimoire, as a synonym for "magician", "sorcerer" in several of his works. In Thongor in the City of Magicians, he uses it to indicate a mage requested to serve as "controller" of a magic ritual enacted by a cabal of his colleagues.

In the video game Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the Grand Grimoire is a magical book that survived the Flood on Noah's Ark, but whose value was forgotten; the book is found in a used book shop. It is bought by one of the main characters, Mewt.

In the 1989 motion picture Warlock, actor Julian Sands plays a warlock trying to find the three Grand Grimoires, combined purportedly contains the name of God. In the story, the book had truly supernatural properties and was therefore separated into three sets of pages so as to prevent its evil power from being misused.

In James H. Brennan's Sagas of the Demonspawn series, Lucifuge Rofocale is the name of the demon incarnated in the sword named Doom Bringer.

Dutch metal band God Dethroned have an album called The Grand Grimoire (1997).

The FOX TV series Sleepy Hollow featured a Grand Grimoire formerly owned by occultist John Dee and coveted by an evil warlock named Solomon Kent in its second season. It fell into the possession of one of the series antagonists Henry Parrish and helped lead to the fall of protagonist Katrina Crane.


  1. ^ A.E. Waite, "Of Black Magic and Of Pacts", from the Introduction to The Grand Grimoire.
  2. ^ and A.E. Waite, "The Book of Ceremonial Magic"
  3. ^ and A.E. Waite, "The Book of Ceremonial Magic"