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LAVATER, Ludwig; DANEAU, Lambert
De spectris, lemu ribus et magnis atque insolitis fragoris, varijsque praesagitionibus quae plerunque obitum hominum.; De veneficis, quos olim sortilegos, nunc autem vulgo sortiarios vocant, dialogus.
Geneva, Eustache Vignon, 1574. FIRST EDITION of the second work. Two vols. in one. 8vo. 1) pp. [16], 272. 2) pp. 127 [i]. Italic letter, some Roman. Small woodcut printer’s device on both titles, floriated woodcut initials, grotesque woodcut headpieces and ornaments, contemporary shelf mark with price record at head of each vol. “N.123. 30 sols” in first, “N. 127. ?sols” in second, the price rubbed out, C19th engraved armorial book-label of M. A G- du Plessis and P. de la Morandière c. 1900, on pastedown. Light age browning, first title-page a bit spotted, mostly marginal elsewhere. Very good copies in contemporary limp vellum, yapp edges, remains of ties. Exceptionally rare first edition of this important work on witchcraft by the Protestant Pastor from Geneva, Lambert Daneau, bound with the second latin edition of Lavater’s, (another Protestant), important work on Ghosts, first published in 1569 in German. Daneau’s major work on witchcraft, Dialogus de veneficiis. was translated, in 1575, into English by Thomas Twyne as ‘A Dialogue of Witches.’ “Lambert Daneau, a French Calvanist theologian and Minister, published a treatise on witches in 1574. The book took the form of a dialogue in which one speaker, Theophilus, responded to the occasionally skeptical questions presented to the other speaker, Anthony. The treatise establishes some of the main themes of the late sixteenth and seventeenth-century Protestant demonology. One of the most salient of those features was a heavy reliance on scripture. This biblicism is evident in Daneau’s argument . that to claim that witches we … [Click Below for Full Description]
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