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. [26] p. (index).

Nice full calf binding with interesting gilding on spine. Ends of spine chipped and corners slighltly bumped but overall in very good condition.

Interior in pristine condition. The text in itself is complete but the index at the end lacks letters i to z. Bottom right corners of the first ten leaves damaged without loss of text.

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.


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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