SCOTT, Walter. Essays on Demonology and Witchcraft. Routledge, London, 1884.
12mo. Original brown cloth, small spine label with title, grey printed endpapers; pp. 320; a good copy with some exterior wear and mottling to cloth, a little fore-edge foxing, secure in binding, text clean.
Written in the aftermath of his first stroke, the Letters on Witchcraft and Demonology are amongst the stranger and more lurid of Scott's works, tentatively suggested to him by his son-in-law Lockhart as a way to help Scott recover, little suspecting the zeal with which the ill man would attack the project. Witchcraft and the occult had long been a fascination of Scott's, and he'd proposed several collaborations on the topic with other authors and artists previously that never came to fruition. He covers a vast array of anecdotes, tales, poems, trials and narratives from across the world dealing with witches, faeries, prophets, angels, demons and all manner of supernatural occurrences.
This edition of the letters was published in 1884, perhaps due to the relative scarcity of the first printing which was published rather quietly as part of a larger series, and contains a new introduction by Henry Morley.