NARRATIVES OF SORCERY AND MAGIC: FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES
Book Details + Condition: Redfield (New York). First Edition, 1852. Hardcover. 420 pages plus publisher advertisements at the rear. Dark red blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine. A thorough historical comparison between the sorcery from witchcraft versus the magicians / quasi-scientists of the day practicing in the fields of Astrology, Alchemy, Hermeticism and Herbalism from the 13th-17th centuries. Chapters include: Story of Alice Kyteker; The Witches of Warboys; The Witches of Mohra in Sweden; The Poetry of Witchcraft; The Early Medieval Type of Sorcerer; The Early Medieval Type of Magician; Witchcraft / Sorcery in England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany; The English Magicians; Dr. Dee and His Followers; King James and the Witches of Lothian; Later Medieval Types of Sorcerers and Magicians; Further Political Usage of the Belief in Sorcery - The Templars and the Doings of Witchcraft in New England; and more. Overall a firm copy of a scarce edition: interior hinges cracked but binding remains tight and strong; outer boards appear to have been re-attached; wear to boards; chipping to spine ends; bookplate on inside front board; interior is clean and free of markings, save some occasional smudges and normal age-toning to pages.