Book Details + Condition: Longmans, Green and Co. (London). First Edition, 1952. Hardcover with dust jacket. 220 pages, with Index to rear. Illustrated throughout. Author Pennethorne Hughes was a well noted English Aleister Crowley and occult collector with longstanding ties to the Weiser antiquarian bookseller. Here, he presents a study of the history of witchcraft from Antiquity to its decline in Europe, with such chapter headings as: Classical Witchcraft and the Coming of Christianity; Reaction into Heresy; The People Who Became Witches; Initiation; The Witch God; The Sabbats; Powers and Practices; Prosecution and Persecution; and more. Firm binding; light wear to extremities; slight lean to book; interior is clean and free of markings. Dust jacket has minor wear to edges and corners, and is protected with a mylar cover.