SCOT (REGINALD) The Discoverie of Witchcraft, Wherein the Lewde Dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is Notablie Detected, the Knaverie of Coniuors, the Impietie of Inchantors, the Follie of Soothsaiers, the Impudent Falshood of Counsenors, the Infidelitie of Atheists... the Beggerlie Art of Alcumystrie, 1584
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SCOT (REGINALD) The Discoverie of Witchcraft, Wherein the Lewde Dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is Notablie Detected, the Knaverie of Coniuors, the Impietie of Inchantors, the Follie of Soothsaiers, the Impudent Falshood of Counsenors, the Infidelitie of Atheists... the Beggerlie Art of Alcumystrie, 1584
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SCOT (REGINALD)
The Discoverie of Witchcraft, Wherein the Lewde Dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is Notablie Detected, the Knaverie of Coniuors, the Impietie of Inchantors, the Follie of Soothsaiers, the Impudent Falshood of Counsenors, the Infidelitie of Atheists... the Beggerlie Art of Alcumystrie, first edition, black and roman letter, woodcut illustrations (including 4 full-page on unnumbered pages between pp.352-353), large initials and typographical ornaments, title soiled, some headlines shaved, some dampstaining, Holland House bookplate, seventeenth-century black morocco, gilt roll-tool border including crown devices, spine gilt within compartments, gilt morocco labels "Scot on Witchcraft" and "1584", g.e., skilfully repaired at joints (upper one splitting) [STC 21864], small 4to, [Henry Denham, for William Brome], 1584

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  • First edition of Scot's exhaustive examination into contemporary beliefs about witchcraft, spirits, alchemy, magic and legerdemain. On his accession to the throne James I ordered that copies be burned as Scot was "not ashamed in publike print to denie that there can be such a thing as witchcraft". Chapter thirteen includes "the first significant account of how to perform conjuring tricks" (ODNB).

    Provenance: Holland House Library, with bookplate; sale at Hodgsons, 13 May, 1948.
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