1564 : The most complete work on demonology ever published.


Johannes Wierus
De Praestigiis Daemonum
2nd Edition Of utmost rarity.

Basileae, Per Joannem Oporinum, 1564. 8vo . 565 p. [58] p. (index).

Full calf binding with red label on gilt spine. Hinges and edges damaged. Interior is complete and in very good condition.

Second edition
as rare as the first that was 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.

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