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THE WITCHES OF SALEM TRIAL

DEL RIO, MARTINO. Disquisitionum Magicarum Libri sex. Venetiis : apud Ioan. Antonium & Iacobum de Franciscis 1606.
3 vols in 8vo bound together (22 x 15 cm), contemporary half vellum on paper boards, engraved title on a brown leather label at three raised bands spine, , cc. [12], pp. 290, cc. [12] vol 1; cc. [8], pp.249, cc. [12] vol. 2; cc. [8], pp. 236, cc. [10 - last blank] vol 3, each book with its own title-page printed in red and black, text in Latin.

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS EARLY WORKS ON WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC, USED AS GUIDE IN THE BOSTON TRIAL AGAINST THE WITCHES OF SALEM.

Classical opera, published in princeps in 1604, born in the Counter-Reformation period, in which the investigation on occult, witches and demons assumed the form of real persecution.
The publication gave the author a reputation as a defender of the Catholic faith on the one hand, and of the major responsible for witch hunts in the Netherlands on the other countries.

In his Disquisitionum magicarum libri VI, besid specifically attacking the magic, Del Rio also turns against the Cabal saying that it is an "invention of modern Jews that leads to magic and not following any more the ancient tradition that Philo and the fathers of the Church cultivated in a symbolic and allegorical way”.

The alchemical practices are dealt in the fifth chapter of the first book, where the positions and opinions of its predecessors and contemporaries are exposed, a history of alchemy is traced, and a new etymology of the term is proposed (in his opinion the word Alchemy comes from the Hebrew word alichim, "flow").

One of his most interesting conclusions is that alchemy itself is not illicit but that, from a moral point of view, its exercise must be considered in relation to circumstances (the purpose of enriching oneself, the use of superstitious means, excessive loss of means and time, etc.) and to the individuals themselves who, in the absence of the negative circumstances mentioned above, must be humble, pious and fearful of God and, in any case, ask the confessor for advice.

Martino De Rio, Jesuit, entered the Company in Valladolid in 1580 and from 1589 dedicated himself to teaching in France, Belgium and Austria.
Del Rio was one of the most strenuous advocates of the persecution of witches to be conducted using the most cruel means in opposition to the "other party " of the Company that was strongly against the violent and cruel methods

During judicial investigations, even the judges wereinspired by his works considering him not only as a theologian, and canonist, but as a “lawyer "

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[MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT] DEL RIO, Magicarum Libri sex

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