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Signes et Caracteres des Espirits, “Le Dragon Rouge” (Le Grand Grimoire), 1522.

The Grand Grimoire is a black magic grimoire. Different editions date the book to 1521, 1522 or 1421, but it was probably written in the early 19th century. It was authored by someone named Antonia Venitiana del Rabina who supposedly gathered this information from original writings of King Solomon. 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. It is claimed they were placed under King Solomon’s throne by the Devil to tempt him. The work is divided into two books. The first book contains instructions for summoning a Demon and for the construction of tools with which to force the Demon to do ones bidding. The second book is further divided into two parts: the Sanctum Regnum and Secrets, de L'Art Magique du Grand Grimoire (“Secrets, of the magic art of the Grand Grimoire”). The Sactum Regnum contain instructions for making a pact with the Demon, allowing one to command the Spirit without the tools required in book one, but at greater risk. “Secrets” contains simpler Spells and Rituals one can employ after having performed the Ritual in the first book. Some editions contain a short text between these two parts, Le Secret Magique, où le Grand Art de pouvoir parler aux Morts (“The Magic Secret, or the Grand Art of being able to speaking with the Dead”), dealing with Necromancy.