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[WITCHCRAFT] 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: One in Proof of the Christian Religion; the other concerning the Good and Evil Angels
London: Printed for R. Knaplock and D. Midwinter, 1718. FIRST EDITION. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, the paper stock very crisp and fresh. 8vo. xv, [5], 270 pp + 2 pp. advertisement. Recent half-calf over marbled boards in the antique style (extremities a trifle rubbed) FIRST EDITION, addressing for the first time "the psychology of witch-belief as social panic." This first edition is "especially valuable for its personal records of survivors. The 'Historical Essay' was, in fact, a collection of famous trials interpreted from a pronounced skeptical point of view" [...] Hutchinson was "the man who gave the coup de grace to the witch delusion in England" (SOURCE: Robbins, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology, pp. 253-254). With valuable accounts of "The Witchcrafts (sic) at Salem, Boston, and Andover, in New-England." Francis Hutchinson (1661-1739) was an Anglican cleric whose 'Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft' is "often regarded as providing the best skeptical analysis of the phenomena of witchcraft in the early modern period" (SOURCE: ORIGINS OF MODERNITY: Theology & Witchcraft [exhibition online] University of Sydney). REFERENCES: Sabin 34063. Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft H96. Howes H848. Cornell, Witchcraft Collection 297. ESTC T99484. PROVENANCE: Contemporary inscription on title-page: "W. Hallum
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