Malleus Maleficarum

MONTAGUE-SUMMERS, Rev. (translator) Malleus Maleficarum.

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"…with regard to the manner whereby witches kill animals and cattle…they can kill them with a touch and a look, or by a look only…"

MONTAGUE-SUMMERS, Rev. (translator) Malleus Maleficarum. London: The Pushkin Press, 1948.

8vo. Original red cloth, title stamped in gilt to spine, with original dustwrapper in black, white & red depicting a priest censuring an evil spirit; pp.xxi, 278; a very good copy with clean pages and crisp colours, some light foxing on fore edge and some general wear to the dustwrapper including a crease to upper front edge and fading to the spine, nevertheless a much better copy than usual.
First edition thus, of this infamous book on witchcraft and devilry, being an early translation into English limited to 2000 copies. This book is a comprehensive view on the dangers, evils and workings of witches and demons, as seen through the eyes of the 15th century. It goes into exhaustive but engaging detail on the ways that practitioners of the satanic arts might curse your cattle (p.144), as well as including instructions on performing counterspells (p.192), and whether demonologists can change people into beasts (this, apparently, is where they draw the line). Essential reading for anyone with even a passing occult interest, and a formative influence on our perception of the demonic.
This book is often found without the dust wrapper, or with the wrapper in a state of heavy disrepair, making this an unusual survival.