The Grand Grimoire is a black magic<ref>A.E. Waite, "Of Black Magic and Of Pacts", from the Introduction to The Grand Grimoire.</ref> grimoire that claims to date back to 1522.  It is possibly written some point after the eighteenth century<ref> and; A.E. Waite, "The Book of Ceremonial Magic"</ref> but also possibly it represented the translation of The Sworn Book of Honorius, a 13th century text.<ref> and; A.E. Waite, "The Book of Ceremonial Magic"</ref> 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 Vodou.

==In Popular Culture==

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 actually 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 was once on Noah's Ark, and somehow was thought of as nothing and put into 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 Grand Grimoire, which purports to contain 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.

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

In the video game Vagrant Story, the story revolves around a quest by multiple characters to discover and obtain the Gran Grimoire (spelled Gran, not Grand, but is an allusion to the Grand Grimoire); which is a Grimoire of incredible power. It is discovered in the story that the Gran Grimoire is actually the entire city of Leá Monde; having the literary contents of it inscribed all over the stone walls, floors, and ceilings of the city.


==See also==

fr:Le Grand Grimoire
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