1616. Item #15
[WITCHCRAFT] DEL RIO, Martin Antonio. Disquisitionum magicarum libri sex. Venetijs, apud Vincentium Florinum, 1616. 4to. 21.5 x 16.5 cm COMPLETE. [xxiv] 856 [i.e. 808] 143  pp. Contemporary limp vellum. Text-block separated from binding, and left as such as it shows a great example of "binder's waste" with a 17th century manuscript fragment and vellum supports. Handsome calligraphic title to lower edge, some early ownership makes and inscription form 1704 to last leaf, some toning or foxing, but generally good.
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MANUALS AGAINST WITCHES, published for the first time in Louvain in 1599-1600 and reprinted until the mid-eighteenth century. The vast and extremely erudite work is divided into six books that explore magic, demonic magic, malefics, prophecies and divinatory arts, how to bring the guilty to confession and which punishments to adopt; the index includes terms such as: abracadabra, alchemy, astrology, typing, exorcism, kabbala, etc. The book was popular with both Catholics and Protestants, and was one of the texts used in the famous Salem witch trials of 1692.