The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic

The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic - Claude Lecouteux "This book has no other ambition than to provide examples of what the ancient grimoires looked like, which should allow everyone to form their own opinions about their contents."

The book does what it says it does, and has a very nice detailed explanatory introductory chapter and introductions to each chapter that discusses magicians, sorcerers, origin of grimoires, names, signs and signatures etc. This book provides a historical account of the subject and is rather scholarly - not for light entertainment but for research purposes.