This classic of witchcraft is brought to life in a modern edition produced 1964. Reginald Scot, writing in 1584, was decried the witch hunts and had some reservations about how true some of 'witchcraft' really was. The import of this book, however, lies in the fact that it 'became an exhaustive encyclopædia of contemporary beliefs about witchcraft, spirits, alchemy'. It details occult practices, sayings, workings, spells and charms. As such it's a valuable resource for both the modern scholar and the modern practitioner. This edition is presented in a large-format handsome volume, elegantly typeset, with marginal references, making it the preferred modern version. An ex-library hardback with dustwrapper in good condition, we consider this copy to be of exceptionally good value for a working witchcraft library.
The Discoverie of Witchcraft: Reginald Scot. Arundel and London: Centaur Press, 1964, 4to, 400 pages. Bound in publisher's original blue cloth, however, at some point in its life as a library copy the dustwrapper was fixed to the boards. Very minor bumping to base and head of spine. Top edge entirely stained a dusty black, Islington Library stamp to lower edge. Clean, bright example of dustwrapper, clipped, most likely during de-accession with removal of label from pastedown. Internally very clean, a very solid ex-library copy of this classic text.