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MICHAËLIS, Sébastien
Pneumalogie ou discours des esprits en tant qu'il est de besoing pour entendre et resouldre la matiere difficile des sorciers
Paris, chez Guillaume Bichon, 1587. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. ff. [viii] 122 (i.e. 124) [iv] : ã8, A-Q8. (Q7-8 blank). Roman letter with some Italic. Woodcut printer’s device on title (of a hunting scene), floriated woodcut initials, woodcut headpieces, “Celestins de Voutre” in slightly later hand at head of title page, bookplate of Eric Gruaz on pastedown, C19th booksellers label of “Girard Frères” in blank lower margin of title, another of ‘Dorbon Ainé” on rear pastedown, early astrological or cabalistic volvelle pasted to verso of title covering a few words. Light age yellowing, the odd marginal mark or spot. A very good copy in contemporary limp vellum, remains of ties, quires E-D stab bound, but still sewn with the rest of the work, a little wrinkled with minor stains. Extremely rare first edition of the major work on sorcery by the redoubtable Dominican witch-hunter and inquisitor Sebastien Michaelis. Michaelis was vice-inquisitor in Avignon during the 1580s and was involved in a number of witch trials: a series of cases in 1581 and 1582 led to eighteen women being convicted and burnt. In 1587 he published this work on demons. By 1610 he was prior of the Dominican community at Saint-Maxim near Aix-en-Provence where he was later involved in one of the most notorious witch trials, and case of demonic possession, in the History of France, that of the priest Louis Gaufridi, who was convicted of sorcery, tortured and burnt, on the evidence of a nun ‘possessed by the devil.’ The many publications and the notoriety surrounding the Gaufridi case lead to the translation of this work … [Click Below for Full Description]
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