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The Doctrine of Devils proved to be the grand Apostacy of these later times. An Essay tending to rectifie those Undue Notions and Apprehensions Men have about Daemons and Evil Spirits.
Printed for the author and are to be sold at the Kings-Arms in the Poultry, London 1676 - Hardcover. Small octavo. [viii] + 206pp. Near contemporary brown full leather (sheepskin?) binding, with blind rules to boards. A major early challenge to the belief in witchcraft, and therefore the persecution of witches. Anonymously published only a year before John Wesbster's, "The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft," the book is generally attributed to Thomas Ady, although the translator of the Dutch edition of 1691 ascribed it to a New England clergyman named "N. Orchard." Whoever the author was his book comprised a spirited attack on the belief in withcraft and the powers of evil spirits and demons based both on common sense and theological grounds. In particular he argued that the enormous and varied powers that popular belief attributed to witches and demons were not only false but un-Christian in that it undermined the unique nature of the incarnation and miracles of Christ, and indeed of God, hence the "grand Apostacy" of the book's title. He declared that as a consequence of these beliefs the country had of recent "been defiled and polluted, with blood of Innocents" arguing that therefore this "Doctrine of Devils, is a most abominable Heterodox: yea, without this consequence of blood-guiltiness (which yet no doubt must aggravate), once, this it is an Apostacy, the great, or greatest that ever was in the World, or peradventure ever shall, or can be." (p. 2) From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper. Spine & boards rubbed but solid. Page-edges browned & discolored, some interesting contemporary annotations on inside of rear board and a few minor early ink marks to fore-edge margins. Modest chip missing from fore-edge of both front free endpaper & first blank. Page 113/114 has a small burn hole affecting a few letters of text. Still the binding is firm and the pages supple, and it remains a complete VG copy or better copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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