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De Praetigiis Daemonum, 1564, Weyer (demonology)
1564. Nice full calf binding with gilted spine. Ends of spine chipped and corners slighltly bumped but overall in Good + (my assessment) to Very Good) (professional bookseller's assessment) condition. Marbled boards in front and back. I purchased from Weirus books years ago and this copy still listed on his website under his 'sold' category. Title page has a subtle professional repair at bottom. 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." (Weirus occult books) ------------------------------------- The more complete and definitive edition, revised and expanded by the author. ------------------------------------- "De praestigiis daemonum, translated as On the Tricks of Demons, is a book th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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