1720 - Inquisition's Encyclopedia of Magic, Necromancy and Witchcraft
Without a doubt, Martin Del Rio's in six books is the most complete and exhaustive Encyclopedia of Magic, Necromancy and Witchcraft produced in the late middle ages / early modern period. This volume covers virtually every aspect from the point of view of the Inquisition - Del Rio was a Jesuit - in hunderds of pages with references in both Greek and Hebrew type. An amazing treasure trove, unavailable in a modern edition. A must have for anyone interested in the history of the witch trials or the theory and practice of magic - a substantial and beautiful volume.
DEL RIO (Martino). Disquisitionum magicarum libri sex. Quibus continetur accurata curiosarum artium et vanarum superstitionum confutatio, utilitis theologis, juris-consultis, medicis, philologis. Coloniae Agrippinae, 1720, strong vol. fart. in-4° rel. pl. calf, restored back, a light bit. cracked, blunt corners, cuts of the lower plate. very rubbed, eg. cropped in head, qq. rouss., bookplate. 1750 g