Petit Albert

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Petit Albert
Author Albertus Parvus Lucius ("Lesser Albert")
Original title Secrets merveilleux de la magie naturelle et cabalistique du petit Albert.
Country France
Language French
Subject magic
Genre grimoire
Publisher Héritiers de Beringos fratres
Publication date
circa 1702[1]
Published in English
2012 (as "The Spellbook of Marie Laveau")
Media type Print (Hardcover)
OCLC 164442497
Preceded by Grand Albert

Petit Albert (English: Lesser Albert) is an 18th-century grimoire of natural and cabalistic magic.[2][3] The Petit Albert is possibly inspired by the writings of St. Albertus Magnus. Brought down to the smallest hamlets in the saddlebags of salesmen, it represents a phenomenal publishing success, despite its evil reputation -- or because of it. It is associated with a second work, the Grand Albert (fr). It is a composite or heterogeneous work, and perhaps a bric-a-brac, collecting texts of unequal value written by (or attributed to) various authors; most of these authors are anonymous, but some are notable such as Cardano and Paracelsus. It's a relatively old text, although the attribution to Albertus Magnus is dubious, particularly as it quotes from so many later sources.


  1. ^ "The earliest report I have found to a magical text of this name is in d'Argenson's report of 1702 [...] The earliest known French edition was published in 1706 under the imprint of Beringos Fratres." Owen Davies, Grimoires: A History of Magic Books. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  2. ^ Magnus, Albertus (1782). Secrets merveilleux de la magie naturelle et cabalistique du petit Albert [The Little Albert] (in French). Lyon: Héritiers de Beringos fratres. OCLC 164442497. 
  3. ^ Davies, Owen (2008-04-04). "Owen Davies's top 10 grimoires". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 

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