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WEIER [ Weir, Weyer, Wierus ], Johannem [ Johannes / Ioannis ] [and] Abraham Saur.

Published by Nicolaum Basseum, Frankfurt am Mayn (1586)

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From: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc. (Cape Neddick, ME, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Nicolaum Basseum, Frankfurt am Mayn, 1586. First Edition & Reprint. Hardcover. Thick folio. Two Volumes in One. Text in German. Superb contemporary binding. Heavily decorated (blind-stamped) pig-skin over thick wooden boards. Raised bands, original paper title labels (titling handwritten in ink), heavy triangular shaped metal guards on corners, remains of metal clasps. Title pages in red and blank. Various woodcut initials, head and tail pieces throughout. Two significant works on witchcraft published by Nicolaum Basseum during the height of the witch-hunts. Basseum was a major Frankfurt publisher of works on witchcraft - six years earlier, in 1580, he had republished the Malleus Maleficarum - and his edition of "De Praestigiis Daemonum," was the last German language edition of the work to be published during Weyer's lifetime. "De Praestigiis Daemonum et Incantationibus ac Venificiis" ("On the Illusions of the Demons and on Spells and Poisons") is of course the most famous work written by 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 suggested, 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 - the final revision being completed only two years before this German language translation appeared. Weyer's work is here bound with a First Edition of the "Theatrum de Veneficis," ("Theatre of the Witches") edited by Marburg lawyer Abraham Saur, an important compendium of demonological tracts (listed below) which represented a wide variety of early modern views on witchcraft. The contents includes: Reinhard Lutz, Von Den Hexen zu Schletstadt appended essay with D. Martinus Lutherus, Von den Hexen/ und Wechselkindern; D. Lambert Daneau, Von den Zäuberern; Jacob Vallick, Von Hexen und Unholden; Ulrich Molitoris, trans./ ed. Conrad Lautenbach, Von Hexen und Unholden; Adrian Rheynmann, Von den bösen Geistern; Ludwig Lavater, Von Gespensten; Leonhardt Thurnheysser Zum Thurn, Bedencken; Abraham Saur, Von Hexen und Unholden; Paul Friese, Von deß Teuffels Nebelklappen; Hermann Neuwaldt, trans./ed. M. Heinrich Meiborn, Von erforschung der Zäuberinnen durchs kalte Wasser; Augustin Lerchheimer aka Hermann Wilken, Christlich Bedencken unnd Erinnerung von Zauberey; Heinrich Bullinger, Wider die Schwartzen Künst; Jacob Freiherr von Liechtenberg, Johann Jakob Wecker, Ware Entdeckung vnd Erklärung aller fürnembster Artickel der Zauberey; Johann von Ewich, Von Hexen; Johannes Trithemius, Johannis Trithemij zu Spanheim Antwort auff etliche fragen ihm von weilandt Keyser Maximiliano I. Hochlöblichster Gedächtnuß fürgehalten; Various authors, Consilia und Bedencken etllicher zu unsern zeiten Rechtsgelehrten Juristen von Hexen und Unholden; Johann Weyer, Book 6 of De præstigiis dæmonum. De Praestigiis Daemonum, Frankfurt am Mayn / Nicolaum Basseum, 1586. (xxiv), 575 (1) (xx)pp. Collation: )(4, (?x2)4, (?x3)4, A-BBB6, CCC4, 3D6 Full title: De Praestigiis Daemonum. Von Teufelsgespenst, Zauberern und Gifftbereytern/ Schwarzkünstlern/ Hexen und Unholden/ darzu irer Straff/ auch von den Bezauberten/ und wie ihnen zuhelffen sey/ Ordentlich und eigentlich mit sonderm fleiß in VI. Bücher getheilet: Darinnen gründlich und eigentlichdargethan/ was von solchen jeder zeit disputiert/ und gehalten worden. Erstlich durch D. Johannem Weier in latein beschrieben/ nachmals von Johanne Fuglino verteutscht/ jetzund aber nach dem letzten Lateinischen aussgangenen Original auffs neuw ubersehen, unnd mit vielen heilsamen nützlichen Stücken: Auch sonderlich hochdienlichen newen Zusätzen/ so im Lateinischen nicht gelesen/ als im folgenden Blat zufinden/ so der Bodinus mit gutem grundt nicht widerlegen kan/ durchauß gemehrte und verbessert. Sampt zu e. Seller Inventory # 37360

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