Quarto, Bound in Full Grade One Spanish goatskin; gilt decorations on upper and lower boards, gilt titles to spine & upper board. xi + 99 pages. hand-made marbled end papers. Illustrated title page (Treadwells emblem of Lady of Wisdom) with hand-numbering of copies of the limitation; occasional black-and-white diagrams & illustrations in the text. The typesetting follows seventeenth-century conventions, which are both artistic and highly legible, rubrication throughout. Pages printed on 160-gramme Fabriano Ingres paper. Issued in an edition of just 14 copies, this being copy Number 10. Originally issued by the Society of Esoteric Endeavour in 2006 in a limited edition which quickly sold out. This deluxe edition of fourteen full-leather copies they have produced specially for a Treadwell’s imprint, now with an essay by Christina Oakley Harrington of Tradwell’s. Copies were issued without slipcases.
First published 1665 as an appendix to Third Edition of Reginald Scot’s DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT, this text has none of Scot’s scepticism but is written by a practitioner for practitioners. This exceedingly rare volume consists of two books, with Book I being ‘Conjuration for Magicians and the More Learned Sort of Conjurers’ and Book II being ‘A Discourse Concerning the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits’. Book I describes in detail magical circles, fumigations and fire, magical garments and utensils, the raising and exorcising of spirits, and “How to obtain the familiarity of the Genius or Good Angel, and cause him to appear.”Book II describes the good and evil Daemon or Genii, astral spirits, infernal spirits, “the nature, force and forms of charms, periapts, amulets, pentacles, conjurations, ceremonies, etc.,” and “divers ancient spells, charms, incantations, and exorcisms.” They two works are here bound together with an introductory essay by Christina Oakley Harrington, which appears only in this issue