1657 : Witch Hunter Manual of the Blood Council


Martin Delrio
Diquisitionum Magicarum
Libri Sex.


"The six books of magical controversies"

I - De magia generatim, & de naturali, artificiali, & praestigiatrice.
II - De magia daemoniaca & ejus efficacitat1e.
III - De maleficio & vana observatione.
IV - De prophetia, divinatione, & conjectatione.
V - De judicis officio & ordine judiciario in hoc crimine.
VI - De officio confessarii.

M.D.CLVII. (1657) . Coloniae Agrippinae. Petri Henningii.

4to (22cm). (16) , 1181, (33) pp.

Text on two columns. Engraved title page.

Contemporary full calf binding neatly rebacked.

Provenance : exlibris of William Carmichael (1739-1795)

Complete and in very good condition. Light browning throughout, as with almost all of the Delrio's editions due to the paper used at that time in Germany which contained a high level of metal oxides.

A Jesuit theologian, Delrio was considered one of the most blood-thirsty witch-hunter of his time. His main work, The Disquisitionum Magicarum, was the 17th century manual of reference. It was used all over Europe, but also famously in 1692, in the Salem trials. Taking its roots in the earlier Malleus Maleficarum, it is the longest and most complete treatise ever written on the subject, embracing theoretical demonology to practical torture to get confessions and going through diverse occult subjects such as alchemy or divination.

 

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