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A Tryal of Witches, At the Assizes Held at Bury St Edmonds for the.
1682 - A Famous Witchcraft Trial [Trial]. Cullender, Rose [d. 1665], Defendant. Duny, Amy [d. 1665], Defendant. Hale, Sir Matthew [1609-1676], Judge. A Tryal of Witches, At the Assizes Held at Bury St. Edmonds for the County of Suffolk; On the Tenth Day of March, 1664. Before Sir Matthew Hale, Kt. Then Lord Chief Baron of His Majesties Court of Exchequer. London: Printed for William Shrewsbery, 1682. [iv], 59 pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt rules to boards, gilt title to spine, marbled endpapers. Moderate rubbing to extremities, light rubbing to boards, which are slightly warped, armorial bookplates to front pastedown and free endpaper, top-edge of text block trimmed closely, text not affected. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places. Early owner signature to title page, interior otherwise clean. * First edition. A Tryal of Witches is an account of the Lowestoft Witchcraft trial conducted at Bury St. Edmonds. Well-known in its day, this remains the most famous English witchcraft trial because it was, thanks to this account, well-documented. Also, it involved many leading jurists and experts of the day, most notably Thomas Browne, a physician who presented one of the earliest examples of psychiatric testimony as an expert witness. Some experts believe this account inspired the Salem Witchcraft trials. Indeed, Browne's testimony was quoted at that trial by Cotton Mather. A Tryal of Witches was later appended to Hale's Short Treatise Touching Sheriffs Accompts (1683). Excluding copies issued with the 1683 treatise, OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (at Columbia, George Washington University and York University). English Short-Title Catalogue R37899. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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