Second edition and with the translation, with additional material. Engraved frontispiece of Saul and Samuel, and a second full page engraving introducing the book which contains engraved vignettes of magical devils and extraordinary occurrences, also with a few small textual illustrations. 8vo, in a pleasing binding of full contemporary calf, restored at the back, incorporating raised bands, and gilt lettering. , 52, 162, , 78, , 273, 67, 45, 24, errata pp. A handsome and pleasing copy. Well preserved and with the text-block, clean, unpressed and unwashed. The first important work in English pertaining to Witchcraft and "the most influential English philosophical treatise on the subject of witches and witchcraft". ‘The intention here was to prove by intellectual reasoning that the supernatural was an absolute reality. Glanvill and his contemporary the Cambrige Platonist Henry More, attacked the extreme scepticism in these matters espoused by Descartes and Hobbes. Their defence of witchcraft, made after extensive enquiry into the many contemporary reported incidents of it, 'was the natural result of an attempt to find an empirical ground for a belief in the supernatural' (DNB) and was intended to combat what they believed to be an implied atheism in the thinking of Descartes and Hobbes.' see also Croft. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: SADUCISMUS TRIUMPHATUS: OR, FULL AND PLAIN ...
Publisher: London Thom Newcomb 1682, 1681
Book Description S. Lowndes, London, 1682. Full Leather. Condition: Good. Engraved Frontispiece By W. Fairthorne, Full-Page Engraving And Three Woodcuts (illustrator). Second Edition, Revised. Two Volumes Bound As One. (16), (52), (12), 162, 78, Blank, (12), 273, 67, Title Then Pp 5 To 45 [Possibly An Engraved Title Page Or Frontispiece Was Intended But Not Prepared], 24, Errata Page. In First Volume, Half Title With Six Engraved Scenes, Lacking The Frontispiece And The Printed But Unillustrated Book Title, With The Titles To Each Part. Lacking The Engraved Title To The Second Part Which Is Sometimes Present. These Part Title Pages Are Dated 1682 Except The Second Book, Which Is Dated 1681. Original Leather Boards, With Small Crest Consisting Of A Many Tiered Crown With Nine Tips At Top, Four Shields At Center, Above The Superimposed Letters S And X. Later, Probably Eighteenth Century Or Early Nineteenth Century, Calf Spine, 5 Bands, Compartments Intricately Tooled And Gilt. The Binding Is Worn And Frayed, Front Joint Cracked Through And Front Board Detached, Rear Joint Cracked But Board Is Holding. Seller Inventory # 025126