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Grimorium Verum

A handbook of Black Magic

Printed edition is now available:

Paperback. 246 pages. ISBN: 978-1434811165; (October 2007)

All new translation. Includes complete French and Italian texts, and five other appendices.

NOTE: The original Alibeck edition can be found on Google books

Parallel Italian, French, and English edition

by Joseph H. Peterson, Copyright © 1999.

Note: This digital edition by Joseph H. Peterson, Copyright © 1999. Translation by Joseph H. Peterson, Copyright © 1999.


According to Idries Shah, The Secret Lore of Magic, (Citadel Press, New York, 1970, pp. 79ff) "this grimoire was par excellence the magical book of Europe.... There is some mystery about actual manuscripts of the Grimorium Verum. The French version, for instance, seems to have been printed from a very incomplete copy: in fact, from what could have been some magician's notes from the complete manuscript. The Italian versions, on the other hand, seem to have been compiled with reference to a very complete manuscript whose whereabouts is not now known.

There is another mystery about the Italian editions. They are in extraordinarily great demand. There is nowhere that one can get a copy at less than a price far greater than almost any other work of similar size and date. The price, in other words, is out of all proportion (sometimes insanely so) to the rarity of the book as collecter's piece. This means that quite a number of people are buying the Grimorium Verum for purposes other than mere collection." A.E. Waite, in his Book of Ceremonial Magic (1961, p. 98) makes similar comments regarding the superiority of the Italian edition.

Large portions of the French text were translated by A.E. Waite in his Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911, passim), but on the whole Waite's translations are very unreliable. Another translation was published by Idries Shah in his The Secret Lore of Magic (New York, Citadel Press, 1970, pp. 75-112). It is even more incoherent than Waite, and quietly omits many difficult passages. Shah also seems to have adopted many of Waite's freer renderings or mistranslations. In the present edition, I have supplied missing figures from versions found in other grimoires.

I have reproduced the Italian text from the 1880 edition. In some places the binding is so tight that individual letters are obscured; these are noted by '~' in this transcription. I doubt if this deficiency will impede anyone with a working knowledge of Italian, but I will attempt to correct these in the future. The only liberty I have taken with the text itself is to move the Table of Contents to the beginning, which is more convenient in an electronic edition. In any event, the original pagination is indicated like this: [1]

I would like to thank Tomasso Braccini for proof reading the Italian text.

In this edition the French text has been rearranged to conform with the Italian editon.

The following notice is found in the French edition in the British Library:

This book was stolen in July 1972 and subsequently recovered by the police.

[1 in bianco pagina]


spiega come, e quando, si deve fare uso delle sue Clavicole.

[Frontispiece from Italian edition]













Vel probatissimè Salomonis Claviculæ Rabini Hebraïci in quibus tum naturalia tum super naturalia secreta licet abditissima in promptu apparent, modò operator per necessaria et contenta faciat scia tamen oportet Demonum potentia dum taxat per agantur;

Traduit de l'Hébreu par PLAINGIÈRE, Jésuite Dominicain, avec un Recueil de Secrets curieux.



Chez ALIBECK, l'Egyptien.




Or the most approved Keys of Solomon the Hebrew Rabbin, wherein the most hidden secrets, both natural and supernatural, are immediately exhibited; but it is necessary that the demons should be contented on their part.

Translated from the Hebrew by Plaingière, a Dominican Jesuit [sic!], with a collection of curious secrets.



Published by Alibeck the Egyptian. 1517.

Firenze, 1880 -- Stamperia Salani.








Chez ALIBECK, l'Egyptien.


The True Clavicles of Solomon.




1.The Key to the Work -- a catalog of evil spirits.
The Great Wheel.
2.Second Part -- Of their powers.
3.Third Part -- Invocations and preparation.
4.The knife.
5.Fumigations and asperging.
6.Of paper or virgin parchment.
7.The lancet.
8.Exorcism of the salt.
10.Pen and ink
11.Invocation to Scirlin/Claunech
12.Conjuration to Lucifer.
13.Conjuration to Beelzebuth.
14.Conjuration of Astaroth.
16.Conjuration of the inferior spirits
18.Another conjuration.
19.Cabala of the Green Butterfly.
20.Oration of the Salamanders.
21.Pentacles, or the three rings of Solomon, son of David.
22.A rare and surprising secret of magic -- The manner of making the mirror of Solomon, appropriate for all divinations.
23.Divination by the word of Uriel.
24.Divination by means of an egg.
25.To see the Spirits which fill the air.
26.To send for three Ladies or three Gentlemen to your room after dining.
27.To cause a girl to seek you, however modest she may be, the experience of the wonderful power of the superior intelligences.
28.To extinguish the fire of a fireplace.
29.To make yourself invisible.
30.To have gold and silver, or the hand of glory.
31.Garters for traveling.
32.To make a girl dance in the nude.
33.To see in a vision of what you desire to know of the past or future.
34.For nailing.
35.To know who the man will be whom you will marry (if you are a woman), or who the woman will be (if you are a man).
36.Per guadagnare al giuoco.
37.In order to be protected against firearms.
38.The way to discover a thief.
39.In order to stop a carriage or cart.
40.Secret to make hail stop.
41.In order to make peace between two persons.
42.In order to prevent a dog from barking.
43.Secret for obtaining a wife.
44.In order to render a husband faithful.
45.In order to remain unharmed in a duel.
46.For the discovery of a Treasure.
47.Secret for traveling twenty miles an hour.
48.How to win while playing dice.
49.A secret to win a fortune in games where numbers are foretold.
50.The wonderful way for not having fear of fire.
51.The magical secret for speaking with the dead.
52.The mystery of the black hen for making a demon obedient.
53.Segreto per far corrispondere una donna al proprio amore.
54.Wonderful prescription to recover from canine rabies.
55.A wonderful secret for foretelling the future.
56.Magical secret in order to know the name of the successor of a throne.
57.Secret of reviving the dead.

Shelfmark: 8632.aa.5.
Author:    SOLOMON, King of Israel
Title:     Grimorium verum, vel probatissime Salomonis Claviculae
           Rabini Hebraïci, in quibus tum naturalia tum super
           naturalia secreta, licet abditissima, in promptu
           apparent, modo operator per nessaria et contenta faciat
           scia tamen oportet Demonum potentia dum taxat per
           agantur; Traduit de l'Hébreu par
           Plaingière, Jesuite Dominicain, avec un recueil
           de secrets curieux.
Alternate title (verso): Les véritables Clavicules de Salomon.
Publisher: Chez Alibeck, l'Égyptien: Memphis, 1517 [1817].
           69 pp., 16o. Fr.

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