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BODIN, Jean
De la demonomanie des sorciers
Paris, Chez Iaques de Puys Libraire Iuré, a la Samaritaine, 1580. FIRST EDITION. 4to. [xiv], 252 (i.e. 256). ã4, e4, i4, õ2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, AAa-SSs4. Roman letter, some Italic and Greek. Du Puy’s charming woodcut device on title, floriated and grotesque woodcut and metal-cut initials, woodcut head pieces, ‘ex libris Pauli Augusti le Chevalier’ on recto of last with two pages of manuscript notes on the following blank leaves and on rear pastedown, purchase note dated 1739 (exchanged for several books) at head of title page in his hand, a few annotations and underlinings in the same hand, early monogram stamped on blank margin of title. Light age yellowing, light damp stain on last few leaves and quire DDd. A very good copy in contemporary limp vellum, yapp edges, spine covered in calf c.1700, gilt ruled in compartments, tan morocco label gilt, vellum speckled at the same time, ‘Ex dono De A Lechevalier’ gilt stamped on upper cover, remains of ties. Rare first edition of this important, fascinating and most influential treatise on witches by Jean Bodin, which went through five editions by Jaques Du Puy by 1582, including another edition, almost identical to this one, in 1580 (unnoticed by IA but recorded in USTC as no. 1664). “Jean Bodin’s ‘On the Demon-Mania of Witches’ (De la démonomanie des sorciers) appeared in 1580 and rapidly became a major publishing success. It underwent at least twenty-three editions and was translated from its original French into German, Italian and Latin. It was surely the most published work of the era on the subject of demons and witches. Because … [Click Below for Full Description]
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