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«THE FIRST ENCYCLOPAEDIA ON WITCHCRAFT»
THE HASKELL F. NORMAN COPY


HEINRICH KRAMER & JAKOB SPRENGER. Malleus Maleficarum. [Speyer: Peter Drach, about 1492 or 1495].
4to (187 x 137), ochre blind-tooled pigskin in antique style, marbled edges, ff. [196]. Text in Latin on 2 columns, Gothic type, 40 lines. THREE- AND FOUR-LINE LOMBARD INITIALS SUPPLIED IN ALTERNATING BLUE AND RED, ENTIRELY RUBRICATED IN RED.

EXTREMELY RARE THIRD EDITION OF "THE HAMMER OF WITCHES", THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL MANUAL ON WITCHCRAFT OF THE MIDDLE AGES.

The first two parts give a detailed description of the lore and practices of witches and demons, while the third and final part of the work, aimed at civil and ecclesiatical autho-rities, specifies detailed procedures for conducting witchcraft investigations and trials.

Written in 1486 and first printed in Speyer by Drach in 1487, the work is usually attributed to Heinrich Kramer (a German Catholic clergyman also known under his Latin name of Henricus Institoris) and Jakob Sprenger, but it has been recently suggested that the latteR'S role may have been principally to lend authority to its publication.
Despite being banned by the Catholic Church in 1490, the book became the standard guidebook for Inquisitors and witch-finders in the identification and increasingly brutal prosecution of witches throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

CONDITION: A very fine copy, clean and crip.

PROVENANCE: This copy belonged to the prominent psychiatrist HASKELL FIELD NORMAN (1915-1996), who collected, over four decades, the most extensive collection of medical books anywhere. Sold at Christie's, New York, The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, 18 March 1998, lot 191.
More than six years in the writing, the catalogue provides the most authoritative descriptions of the 2,595 works collected by Norman.

REFERENCES: GW M12480; BMC II 498; BSB-Ink I-228; Goff I165; HC 9240*; Klebs 926.3; GfT 1183; Pellechet Ms 6338 (6315); CIBN I-55; SI 2049; Richard 281; Zehnacker 1222; Castan 602, 603; Polain (B) 2123; IGI 5183; IBP 3073; IBE 3055; CCIR S-75; Feigelmanas 230; Coll (S) 992; Madsen 2101; Sack (Freiburg) 2029; Finger 571; Borm 1497; Ernst (Hildesheim) II, II 167; Voulliéme (Trier) 1237; Voulliéme (B) 2035; Gunt (L) 2596; Kind (Gottingen) 1399; Walsh 863; Proctor 2389.

Norman: "As the first encyclopaedia of witchcraft, the "Hammer of Witches" main-tained a pre-eminent position of authority for nearly 200 years, providing both foundation and inspiration for all later European treatises on witchcraft [...]. If we agree with Johann Weyer that witches were possessed by nothing more than mental illness, then the Malleus maleficarum may be viewed -grotesque as it may seem- as a contemporary handbook of psychopathology, and an early document in the history of psychiatry" (HASKELL F. NORMAN, Papers Relating to Exhibition and Catalogue of 100 Books Famous in Medicine, 1992-1995). ISTC ii00167300.

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[Incunabula] Malleus Maleficarum, 1492

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