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SAINT-ANDRÉ, François de
Lettres de M. de Saint-André, . au sujet de la magie, des maléfices et des sorciers
Paris, chez Robert-Marc Despilly, libraire, place de Sorbonne, à Sainte Ursule, 1725. FIRST EDITION. 12mo. [viii] 446 [ii]. [ã4, A-S12, T8]. Roman letter, some Italic. Woodcut initials, head and tail pieces, typographical ornaments, occasional underlinings. Light age yellowing, occasional minor spotting, a few tears in blank margins with early repairs. A very good copy, with good margins, in C19th three quarter olive calf over marbled boards, spine with gilt ruled raised bands, blue and red morocco labels gilt, a.e.r. joints restored. First edition of this important enlightenment text on witch-craft and demons by the French physician Francois de Saint-André, published posthumously. Saint-André, physician to Louis XV, denounces popular belief in witchcraft and wizards, and demonstrates, with many examples, that all that is attributed to wizards and demons is most improbable and, most often, derived from the imagination of weak-minded people. He also inveighs against superstitious practices on the grounds that they are contrary to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Clearly, there was still a lively interest in witchcraft during the 18th century, but through polemics and controversies the discussion was integrated into philosophical, legal, and religious debates, within which more or less modified versions of traditional Demonological theories jostled with enlightened critiques of those very theories. In France, for example, a quarrel developed over the physician Nathaniael de Saint André s lettres . au sujet de la magie, des maléfices et des sorciers (1725. Letters about m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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