WITCHES, DEVILS, AND DOCTORS IN THE RENAISSANCE

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Full title: Witches, Devils, and Doctors in the Renaissance [ De Praestigiis Daemonum ].

WEYER, Johann (General editor George Mora. Associate Editor Benjamin Kohl. Translation by John Shea. Foreword by John Weber. Collaborators Erik Midelfort & Helen Bacon).

Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1991. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. xcii + 796pp. Original black cloth lettered in gilt on spine & front board. Frontis. Extensive notes. Glossary and index. Volume 73 of the Medieval & Renaissance texts and studies. The first English translation, with extensive notes, of "De Praestigiis Daemonum et Incantationibus ac Venificiis" ("On the Illusions of the Demons and on Spells and Poisons") the most famous work of the Dutch physician Johann Weyer (c. 1515 – 1588). It was arguably the first significant work to seriously question the witch persecution that was then taking place, and although Weyer was not quite as radical as some have uggested, and did allow for some demonic agency in human affairs, he also argued strongly that most cases of apparent witchcraft were probably the consequence of mental illness. His work was first published in 1563 in Latin, and Weyer kept revising and enlarging it through six editions. 

796 pages. Not shrink-wrapped as seen in the photo. Slight rubbing to the cloth, a slight residual glue mark to the back board (possibly from the glue of the original shrink-wrap?) a small bump to the upper, front board, otherwise like new.