Joseph Glanvil's work, subtitled 'Or, a Full and Plain Evidence, Concerning Witches and Apparitions' was first published 1681, with this copy being a fourth edition, issued 1726. Glanvil believed witchcraft was real, very real, and those who doubted it -- in a time or rising skepticism -- were deeply wrong. To persuade the reader, he lays out at length the philosophy/theology of the soul and of bodies, showing that witches can feasibly exist in terms of the 'physics' of his day. He also dedicates much space to Biblical supports and examples, not least the Witch of Endor. But most engagingly of all, Glanvil relates examples of supernatural occurrences  from his own era: there is a description of a witch bottle, an anecdote of a poltergeist, and many stories of ghosts. Saducismus was a hugely influential book, all the moreso for being written in English and leavened with engaging illustrations. Three bookplates show that the book was part of the collections of John Lowe of Shepley Hall, Edward Place (whose ink ownership, along with that of J. Hussey, is present on the title page as well as his bookplate) before entering the library of Sidney H. Glanville (Engineer, book collector, and psychic investigator of Borley Rectory fame) in the early part of the 20th Century.

 

Sadducismus Triumphatus: Or a Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions. [in Two Parts. The First Treating of Their Possibility. The Second of Their Real Existence]. Joseph Glanvil. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, and J. Batley. 1726. Fourth Edition, with Additions. 8" x 5" 498pp. + 1pp engraved plate, + 4pp. ads to rear.

 

Contemporary polished tre calf boards, at some point respined using original materials. Red morocco title lable. Some minor edgwear and bumping to corners, rubbing to extremities. Strong, solid and handsome. An expertly maintained piece of quality binding work that has admirably protected its contents throughout the centuries. Internally remarkably clean, minor occasional spotting and toning, most notably to prelims and page edges. Three bookplates to prelims, showing that the book was part of the collections of John Lowe of Shepley Hall, Edward Place (whose ink ownership, along with that of J. Hussey, is present on the title page as well as his bookplate) before entering the library of Sidney H. Glanville (Engineer, book collector, and psychic investigator of Borley Rectory fame) in the early part of the 20th Century. Black and red title page, with frontispieces to both parts present and correct, and with in text diagrams, figures, woodcut head and tailpieces. Large margins, clean pages. A very pleasing copy of an important work.

Saducismus Triumphatus - Joseph Glanvil [Witchcraft]

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