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VISCONTI, Zaccaria
Complementum artis exorcisticae, cui simile nunquam visum est
Venice, apud Franciscum Barilettum, 1619. 8vo. [vi], 442, [xxii]. A-2F8. Roman letter some Italic. Engraved globe device on title-page, historiated and floriated woodcut initials, grotesque headpiece, typographical ornaments, early armorial library stamp on blank margin of the title, ‘Biliotheca Montis Oliveti’ with the purchase note of ‘Cypriano Pinto’ for that library on the front fly dated 1688. Light age yellowing, some minor, mostly marginal, spotting, title-page fractionally dusty, tear to lower blank corner of one leaf, the occasional minor marginal mark or stain. A good copy, with good margins, some lower edges uncut, in contemporary vellum over thin card, title manuscript on spine, ‘Capuccini di Vievo’ manuscript at top and fore-edge. Rare Venetian edition of this important and most influential work on Excorcism and remedies against evil spirits by the Milanese exorcist Visconti. Zaccaria Visconti, a professional exorcist from Milan, belonged to the order of SS. Barnaba e Ambrogio, a company of secular priests founded by Carlo Borromeo. He taught the art of exorcism (he is referred to on the title page as a professor of the art of exorcism and perhaps taught at the university of Pavia) and flourished between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. This most interesting treatise addresses all aspects of exorcism, provides the theological and theoretic framework for the practise of exorcism as well as a manual of instruction on techniques, prayers, formulae, rituals and all sorts of remedies to expel the Evil within. As pointed out in the initial dedication … [Click Below for Full Description]
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