M.D CXI. (1616) . A NYORT. David Du Terroir.
in-8 (18cm / 7 inch). 1bl  38  556 11 ff (index) 1bl.
Complete including the blanks. Interior very crisp and clean, wide margins.
Full calf binding, spine gilt. Edges consolidated. Very good.
Two library stamps on the title page.
"The rarest and most sought after of all Bodin editions" (Caillet 1273)
This is the latest edition of the infamous Demonomanie des Sorciers, first published in 1580 in Paris, and for the only time appearing with this different title, it is extremely rare to come by (Caillet inacurately refers to another, later, 1626 edition, but this is actually the only one)
The Demonomanie of Bodin is probably
one of the most important books ever published on witchraft.
Bodin offers a thorough manual of demonology, describing the
signs of witchcraft, the sabbat, the invocation of demons,
etc ... and also the whole procedure to be followed to sentence
witches. Far from being an ignoramus and blind prosecutor,
Bodin is one of the most respected philosophers of his time
( in his Six Books (1576), he expounded his famous political
theory of sovereignty) , and firmly believed in witchcraft.
See the Index below to have and idea of the contents of the
Contains the Refutation against Jean
Wier (Johann Weyer), the famous disciple of magician Cornelius
Agrippa and defender of witches in his works (de praestigiis
daemonum, de lamiis ...)
Index (rough translation) :
Chpt.1 : Definition of Witchcraft
Chpt.2 : Association of spirits with men
Chpt.3 : The difference between
good and evil spirits.
Chpt.4 : On Prophecy and other divine means
to know occult things.
Chpt.5 : On natural and humans
means to discover occult things.
Chpt.6 : On lawful means to suceed
in one's undertaking.
Chpt.7 : On Teratoscopy, haruspicy,
ornithomancy, hieroscopy and similar.
Chpt.1 : On Magic in general.
Chpt.2 : Tacit evocations of demons.
Chpt.3 : Explicit evocations
Chpt.4 : On those who explicitly relinquish
God and their religion, and on their bodily transportation
Chpt.5 : The extasy of witches, and their frequent meetings
Chpt.6 : Lycanthropy and the turning of men
into beasts by sorcerers.
Chpt.7 : Copulation of witches
Chpt.8 : On sorcerers casting
illness, sterility, hail storms, and death upon men and beasts.
Chpt.1 : Lawful means to obviate sorcery.
Chpt.2 : Sorcerers providing health to the
Chpt.3 : Sorcerers using their
powers to get fame, beauty, pleasures, honours, wealth, knowledge,
Chpt.4 : If sorcerers can do more harm to
some people than to others.
Chpt.5 : Unlawful means to
Chpt.1 : Inquistion of Witchcraft
Chpt.2 : Evidence required to prove
Chpt.3 : On voluntary and forced
confessions made by sorcerers
Chpt.4 : On presumptions against
Chpt.5 : Sentences against
Refutation of Johann Weyer.