M.D.CLVII. (1657) . Coloniae Agrippinae. Petri Henningii.
4to (22cm). (16) , 1181,
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.