Title: The History of Witchcraft and Demonology
Author: Montague Summers
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Tubner & Co, 1926. First edition.
Condition: Hardcover, blue cloth, in very good condition. Minor foxing on title page, otherwise excellent.
The definitive scholarly account on witchcraft, demonology, diabolic possession and modern spiritualism.
About the book (from Google):
Vividly detailed and highly readable, this classic history of witchcraft and demonology provides a thorough exploration of sorcery, Satanism, and every variety of the black arts. Reflecting popular folklore and theological opinions of the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, this survey of necromancy traces witchcraft from ancient times to the twentieth century, describing the link between heresy and the occult. Threaded with dramatic accounts of witch trials and devil’s pacts, this time-tested reference offers a compelling look at The Worship of the Witch, Demons and Familiars, the Sabbat, and Diabolic Possession and Modern Spiritism. It also offers fascinating insight into the role of the Witch in Dramatic Literature.
A prolific occult historian, Montague Summers wrote numerous books, and he edited and translated such important early demonology and witchcraft texts as the “Malleus Maleficarum.” An intriguing perspective on the development of the black arts and their heretical interpretations by society, church, and state, “The History of Witchcraft and Demonology” will capture the attention of the general reader as well as the occult enthusiast.
About the author (from wikipedia):
Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 – 10 August 1948) was an English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorious 15th-century witch hunter’s manual, the Malleus Maleficarum.