History of the Devil

DEFOE. History of the Devil.

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DEFOE History of the Devil Durham: G. Walker, 1822.

8vo. Full speckled calf, floral gilt borders, banded spine, panels decorated in gilt with thistle motifs, red spine label titled in gilt, marbled endpapers; pp.352; some sunning to the covers along the spine and boards, one notable scratch to rear cover; the boards with cracks just starting to foot; otherwise an excellent survival.
Also known as "The Political History of the Devil", this is one of three books Defoe wrote towards the end of his life on occult subjects. The book is in two parts, the first being the story of Satan's fall from grace, and the second being the workings, habits and tools of the devil in his unholy mission. Defoe characterises the Devil as an active participant in world history, influencing events such as the Crusades both by material and immaterial means. Defoe was a Protestant Dissenter, and his opinions were firmly anti-Catholic - the book was banned by the Catholic church in 1743.