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.