Grimoire for sale

Looks like everyone is blogging on this already, but I’d be remiss not to include it. A 400 year old handwritten grimoire is up for auction at Sotheby’s, projected to go for 12,000 pounds which comes to a hair over $24,000. Everyone is agog about a spell involving a frog and some ants — and the weird thing is I know this spell. I remember it. I don’t remember where I read it, but somewhere, in some book or another, I remember a spell involving a toad, an anthill, and looking through the bones of the toad’s head for a special bone or stone. But I’m pretty sure it was a toad, I don’t remember if it was a love spell, and the floating against the current thing I don’t recall either. Maybe there’s a whole genre of these.

Symbolically, the frog to these people would be a symbol of generation from nothing, since they didn’t really understand tadpoles. It’d also be a symbol of water giving forth life. The tongue might give them some notion of potency or constancy, and the bone flowing against the current ties it all back to water again. The ants are easy — it’s a simple way to deflesh an animal without introducing fire. It also invokes the chthonic powers.

Dude, I so want this book.


3 Responses to “Grimoire for sale”

  1. It sounds like this is the Grimoire that is the source of Chumbley’s “One”. It is my favorite piece of Magical literature right now (er, excluding maybe Postmodern Magic) and one of the most stirringly beautiful written works in English IMHO. If you want more info about the book:

    Andrew Chumbley
    One – the Grimoire of the Golden Toad
    The mystery-text serving to reveal the arcana of Sabatraxis
    Published by Xoanon – 2nd publishing 2000

    from the publisher:
    This unique grimoire was published in the year 2000, marking the cusp of the old and the new chiliad. It is the first full grimoire-text to treat specifically and from personal account of the Traditional East Anglian ritual called ‘The Waters of the Moon’: the solitary initiation of the so-called ‘Toad-witch’. The textualisation of this magical process was, in this unique instance, undertaken as an extension of the ritual itself – a perfection of its cycle of arcana to a point of individual crystallisation. Due to the highly specialised nature of the text’s ritual practice, only 77 outer copies of this book were issued.

    That didn’t mention that there were 3 special copies made.

    It seems that Caduecus has one in their used book section:

    Andrew Chumbley, One, The grimoire of the Golden Toad, Xoanon 2000 No. 75 on Ltd. Ed of 77 64pp Full leather binding. The scarcest published Cultus Sabbatai book. It gives the ancient ritual involving the crucifixion of a toad that has been associated with the Guild of the Horseman’s Word. A homely yet handsome and talismanic production. One of 77 copies, signed by author with his magical name and an ornate sigil. This copy is complete, as issued by the publisher with all accompanying items. Loosely enclosed is an envelope inscribed “Sabstrachion” by the author and sigilised. Therein is a printed card, folded once which has been signed by the author and sigilised twice. This encloses a single black sheet of light card heavily sigilised, signed and inscribed by the author using metallic inks. There is also a small envelope inscribed “Blackthorn + Toadskin” by the author with decorative scrolls and a sigil. This contains a blackthorn spike and a talisman formed with green ink and metallic paints upon a triangular piece of toadskin. Boards slightly bowed as is usual with this title, otherwise Fine Order No. 300062 £2000

    I’d be a crucified toad if I dipped into our nest egg for that right now, but whatever copies that be out there have granted me a PDF~

  2. Pray, whay does “Sabatraxis” mean?

    Thanks in advance.

  3. I would like to receive a photo showing the title page. I would be most delighted as well as grateful

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