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Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft - WITCHCRAFT HUTCHINSON Francis - 1718. 
1718 - HUTCHINSON, Francis. An Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft. With Observations upon Matters of Fact; tending to clear the Texts of the Sacred Scriptures, and confute the vulgar Errors about that Point.". And Also Two Sermons. London: R. Knaplock and D. Midwinter, 1718. Octavo, period-style full brown speckled calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine label. $2800.First edition, with dramatic accounts of witchcraft trials and a chapter debunking Cotton Mather and the New England witch-hunters.British clergyman Francis Hutchinson was "the man who gave the coup de grace to the witch delusion in England" (Robbins), leveling "a final and deadly blow at the dying superstition" (Notestein). "Of most interest to him were the witchcraft accusations as Boston and Salem, and". [the case] of Jane Wenham (1712), which provoked intense passions and vicious politicking". Hutchinson's account of witchcraft is thoroughly modern""a history book "of the moment". and his carefully modest appeal for reform of the laws on witchcraft was indeed heeded, although not for a further decade and a half" (Gibson, Witchcraft and Society, 240-41). Hutchinson's landmark work on Witchcraft is "full of valuable historical details, with many particulars collected by personal inquiry from survivors" (DNB), and features "a chronological table [including] those who were burnt as witches in New England" (Allibone, 927). Including chapters on "The Suffolk Witches" and "The Witchcrafts at Boston & in New England." Bound with half title and one leaf of publisher's advertisements at rear. Sabin 34063. Howes H848. Occasional scattered light foxing to interior. A handsome, near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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