Venice, Alde, 1589. 8vo (16) , 375 , 42 , (3) pp
Full calf in good condition (17/18th Century), upper hinge
weak. Marbled edges. Interior excellent, with at the end a catalogue
of Aldines editions. Beautiful typography.
This major treatise of demonology knew only two editions in
Latin and a translation in French. This second edition printed
in 1589 is considered to be the best, as it came out of the
most famous press of the 16th Century, that of the Aldes in
Venice. The original was published in 1583 in Paris.
Vair was bishop of Pouzzoles. He defines fascination as the
force behind magic, a "perniscious quality coming from
the art of demons and caused by an explicit pact between men
and those demons". He presents several amulets and other
ways to fight the illusions of demons.
Caillet 1094 : " very rare treatise" - Guaita 1111
- Renouard p242 - Thorndike VI, 528 & 545 - Brunet V , 1029
(*) As translated from the
title of the French edition, Paris , 1583