1579 . Jaques Chouet . 32pp 875 pp (36 pp) index
17th Century full vellum in perfect condition. Gilt edges. Interior complete and in perfect condition.. Marginal loss of text in the last 4 index leaves.
Provenance : George Newton Conklin
Extremely rare french edition of Wier's Praestigiis Daemonum. The second of only two in french, it is the only one to be complete of all the text and to have the two dialogues of Thomas Erastus on the powers of witches.
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.
Original Latin title :
De praestigiis daemonum, et incantationibus
ac veneficiis, livri V.
Also Contains :
"Deux Dialogues de Thomas Erastus professeur en Medecine a Heidelberg, touchant le pouvoir des Sorcieres et la Punition qu'elles méritent."