1566 : The most complete work on demonology ever published.

Johannes Wierus
De Praestigiis Daemonum
Of utmost rarity.


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)

5,500 Euros

Exact title :

De praestigiis daemonum, et incantationibus ac veneficiis, livri V.

Contains :

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 - 480)
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)





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