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Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft
1718 - HUTCHINSON, Francis. An Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft. With Observations upon Matters of Fact; tending to clear the Texts of the Sacred Scriptures, and confute the vulgar Errors about that Point.". And Also Two Sermons. London: R. Knaplock and D. Midwinter, 1718. Octavo, period-style full brown speckled calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine label. $2800.First edition, with dramatic accounts of witchcraft trials and a chapter debunking Cotton Mather and the New England witch-hunters.British clergyman Francis Hutchinson was "the man who gave the coup de grace to the witch delusion in England" (Robbins), leveling "a final and deadly blow at the dying superstition" (Notestein). "Of most interest to him were the witchcraft accusations as Boston and Salem, and". [the case] of Jane Wenham (1712), which provoked intense passions and vicious politicking". Hutchinson's account of witchcraft is thoroughly modern""a history book "˜of the moment". and his carefully modest appeal for reform of the laws on witchcraft was indeed heeded, although not for a further decade and a half" (Gibson, Witchcraft and Society, 240-41). Hutchinson's landmark work on Witchcraft is "full of valuable historical details, with many particulars collected by personal inquiry from survivors" (DNB), and features "a chronological table [including] those who were burnt as witches in New England" (Allibone, 927). Including chapters on "The Suffolk Witches" and "The Witchcrafts at Boston & in New England." Bound with half title and one leaf of publisher's advertisements at rear. Sabin 34063. Howes H848. Occasional scattered light foxing to interior. A handsome, near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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