TORREBLANCA VALLAPANDUS, Francisco de [1580-1645].

Epitome delictorum, sive de Magia: in qua aperta vel occulta invocatio daemonis intervenit..

Lyon: Sumpt. Joannis Antonij Huguetan, 1678.

4to. 576pp., [108] pp., plus index. Contemporary limp vellum, title in old manuscript on spine. Title page printed in red and black with engraved device, headpieces, initials and ornaments, printed largely in double column (title spotted and lightly stained, variable browning, spotting and staining throughout, some very slight worming at lower margins confined to index supplements). Later endpapers. First published in 1618, this work concerns demonology in its many forms, the power of the devil and scope of diabolical magics, and remedies for it and indeed prospective punishments and proscriptions. The work opens with a lengthy section on divination, augury and astrology, including a section on dream interpretation. Thorndike, in particular, discusses it at length as an important work on magic and demonology, albeit attempting to be somewhat all things to all (clergy) men and thus being somewhat tortuous in its jumbling together of all forms of magical and inexplicable phenomena, diabolical, terrestrial or otherwise without much classification. Brunet cites the 1618 edition and erroneously states it to be the only one. Scarce, and thankfully pandering to my somewhat diabolical personal lust for contemporary limp vellum.

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