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The Surey Demoniack, Or, An account of Satans Strange and Dreadful Actings, in and About the Body of Richard Dugdale of Surey, near Whalley in Lancashire and how he was Dispossest by Gods Blessing on the Fastings and Prayers of Divers Ministers and People. The Matter of Fact Attested by the Oaths of Several Credible Persons, Before Some of His Majesties Justices of the Peace in the Said County.
Printed for Jonathan Robinson at the Golden Lyon in St. Paul's-Church-Yard, London 1697 - Hardcover, Small Quarto (viii) 64pp. Early nineteenth century half-leather over marbled paper boards, with gilt titling up spine. Extra illustrated; bound in facing the title page is a full page engraved plate: "Richard Dugdale, the Surey Impostor' which was apparently extracted from James Caulfield's "Portraits, Memoirs, and Characters of Remarkable Persons, from The Reign of Edward the Third to the Revolution (London, 1813). The book recounts the story of Richard Dugdale (c. 1670 -?), a gardener and servant from Surey, near Whalley, Lancashire, who gained fame on account of his supposed possession by the devil and the subsequent attempts to exorcise him. After an evening of drinking Dugdale claimed to have seen apparitions, and then suffered a series of fits during which he would speak in strange tongues, utter prophecies, and speak of his possession by the devil. John Carrington, a minister who played a leading role in the exorcism, is said to have been the main author of the tract, although the name most commonly associated with it is that of Thomas Jolly, a non-conformist minister who had fallen out with the Church of England, and who, in company with a number of other nonconformist ministers, met with Dugdale on an almost daily basis for a year and endeavoured to exorcise the devil, by prayer, examination, and fasting. Contemporary opinion on the matter was split with Jolly and those authorities who followed his account (including Baxter and Mather) convinced that it was a genuine example of witchcraft / demonic possession, and others saying that it was a politically motivated hoax or simple imposture. The "Surrey Demoniack" became something of a cause celebre, with the opposing sides setting forth their views in a variety of chapbooks and pamphlets. Wing S6196 From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper. Engraved armorial bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer on the front pastedown. Currer (1785-1861), was a scholar, acquaintance of Charlotte Bronte, and one of the first female book collectors in Europe, (and possibly the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's pen name). Spine and corners quite rubbed but binding still strong and attractive. Title-page is a little grubby, with a small ink smudge and early ownership name in upper margin, and a few old tears and reinforcements to the fore-edge, and a little creasing. Some mottling and occasional pale foxing throughout, still about VG or better for an antiquarian book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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