Basileae, Per Joannem Oporinum, 1566.
8vo (18 cm). 745 pp (66) pp (index).
Original XVI Century vellum binding
in good condition. The spine was doubled at some time with gilt
leather (really worn and gold vanished, but a very original
tooling is still visible), the original vellum below is very
sound though and the original handwritten title seems to remain
intact under the added leather that could be easily removed.
Interior in very good condition.
Third edition. First published in 1563.
Probably the rarest manual of demonology ever published. Unlike
most works on witchcraft that were written by inquisitors or
witch hunters, here is a book written by a genuine occultist
and defender of witches, Johannes Wierus, the very disciple
of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, the greatest magician of the
Renaissance. With a deep insight in the real nature of the Devil,
having himself managed to fathom the hellish hierarchy, Wierus
condemned the superstitions contained in the Malleus Maleficarum,
establishing a clear boundary between true Sorcery and the mere
illusions of mentally ill women. As the first book ever to defend
witches it was almost immediately sentenced to fire by the inquisition,
only a few copies remain.
Contains a strange engraving (see below)
Exact title :
De praestigiis daemonum, et incantationibus
ac veneficiis, livri V.
Liber I : De Diabolo origine
stvdio et potentia. (31 - 116)
Liber II : De magis infamibus Lamiis et veneficis, eorumque
potentia (117 - 367)
Liber III : De iis qui lamiarum maleficio affecti putantur (367
Liber IIII : Curatio eorum qui lamiarum maleficio affici, vel
daemonis obsidione subigi creduntur (481 - 610)
Liber V : De magorum infamium sagarum & veneficorum poenis.(610
- 721) Epistolae (721 - 741)
Epistolae (721 - 741)
Authores in hoc opere citati (741 - 745)
Huge Index (66 pages)