Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681 - Source Vintage
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Antique Witchcraft Book Containing Plain Evidence Of Witches & Apparitions 1681

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Glanvil[l], Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus: Or Full And Plain Evidence Concerning Witches And Apparitions. The Second Part. Proving Partly By Holy Scripture, Partly By A Choice Collection Of Modern Relations, The Real Existence Of Apparitions, Spirits And Witches. London: Printed Of S. Lownds, 1681. [1682]

Second Edition. (175 x 110 mm) pp. [10] 1-273. Signatures: Aa - Ee8. Ft7 (lacks Ff1). Gg- Qq8. Rr6 (lacks Rr7, Rr8), Ss7. Apparently originally bound together with parts I & III (spine label reads ‘uci’ / ‘mph’), likely part of a numbered collection (spine label ‘3’). Red Armenian bike on fore-edges. Lacking cover boards. Lacks frontispiece and p.69, 257, 259. P. 263 slightly damaged. Overall fair condition.

Likely ESTC R2414 (variant); possibly ESTC R233939 (matches holdings at Trinity College, Cambridge, Grylls 1.279).

Infamously influential, Saducismus Triumphatus, written by Joseph Glanvill (the sometime Chaplain in ordinary to Charles II and philosopher) and published originally one year posthumously in 1681, uses an almost scientific approach of credited witnesses to his own investigations of the supernatural. Glanvill attempted to refute atheism and materialism by proving the existence and influence of witches, spirits and demons. What he did was frenzy a society already prone to seeing, blaming, and trying people who they suspected to be in league with the devil.

Glanvill’s work spread east and west, stoking the fires already burning on the continent and lighting new ones in the colonies of America, where the puritan minister Cotton Mather forged his own text and his own trials based on Glanvill’s. Mather’s ‘Wonders of the Invisible World’ (1693) defends the 1692-1693 Salem Witch Trials.

The three parts of the book were issues separately and often bound together by the owner. Some copies that have come to market display three distinct cracks along the spine where the work has been disbound. Here, we have book two, the evidence through a collection of witnessed examples, which has been historically disbound.

The first edition, printed in 1681 for J. Collins at his shop under the Temple-Church, and S. Lownds and his shop, have way to two (possibly three) second editions, printed a year later in 1682, also by S. Lownds. The title page for the second book, as in the present example, contains a misprinting, giving the year of printing as 1681.

The test was not printed again until 1688.

Weighs 180.55 grams

 

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