An essay on demonology, ghosts and apparitions, and popular superstitions. Also an account of the witchcraft delusion at Salem in 1692.


Published by Carter and Hendee, Boston, 1831
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8vo. pp. iv, [2], 234. Bound in early 19th century publisher’s cloth; nicely re-backed/re-hung in matching color cloth, preserving the upper 10.5 cm of the original spine. The binding is well rubbed, worn and stained. End papers are foxed; the front fly-leaf is lightly stamped with a former owner’s name. Interior pages display periodic signs of wear – i.e. creasing, small chips, spots of foxing and light soiling. Page 150 contains a line of neatly penned marginalia written in an early hand. Some penciled marginalia is present on p. 150. A number of pages show early pen line markings next to the paragraphs; pages 72 and 131 contain short pen markings – an attempt to mark off sections of text; on p. 131 a series of dashes extend under 1 line of text. Pages 148-149 are partially browned (quite dark) due to an old newspaper insert. A well read copy of an uncommon book. According to the advertisement: "The following pages were in substance composed to be read before the Plymouth Lyceum, in 1829. When it was understood that Rev. Charles W. Upham was about to favor the public with a work on the same subject, it was determined that this little performance should be suppressed. The Rev. Author observed in a letter, that although we may traverse the same field, it is highly probably that we pursue different tracks." Upham encouraged Thacher to publish the book. Thacher’s work indeed contains chapters on ghosts and apparitions, mental illusions, etc. which were not covered as extensively in Upham’s first book on Salem witchcraft (published 1831). [Coumont T16.1; Cornell Witchcraft, p. 539; Kernot, Biblio. Diabolica 1831]. Bookseller Inventory # 000870

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Title: An essay on demonology, ghosts and ...

Publisher: Carter and Hendee, Boston

Publication Date: 1831

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition.

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