Friday 17 November 2023

Pictures: Owen Davies' Art of the Grimoire Launch Party

Here are some photos I took at the Art of the Grimoire launch talk and party at Treadwell's in London last night. The book is by Professor Owen Davies and shows the art of the magical grimoires down the centuries. Grimoires are guides on summoning demons and angels are filled with magical sigils, images and symbols. 

As Professor Davies explained in his talk, which started the event, he'd earlier written Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, concentrating on the information within them and how they were transmitted and shared down the ages. This new volume focusses on the wonderful artwork within them.

After the talk there was a friendly soiree with wine. Professor Davies was around to chat with everyone and sign copies of the book. You can see him signing my copy in one of the pictures here. There was also a range of grimoire magical tools, laid out for handling and demonstration.  Rob Rider Hill, a practising grimoire magician living in London, showed a few practices that are components of ceremonies (pictured at the top).  As promised, it was a wonderful evening celebrating magic. 

I'm looking forward to reading the book!

Treadwell's is at London, 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK. You can find out more about books in stock and events going on here:

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