Joannem Oporinum, 1564. 8vo . 565 p.  p. (index).
Nice full calf
binding with interesting gilding on spine. Ends of spine
chipped and corners slighltly bumped but overall in very good
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.
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)