Oct 12, 2023 - Sale 2648

Sale 2648 - Lot 273

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Weyer, Johann (1515-1588)
De Praestigiis Daemonum et Incantationibus.

Basel: Per Joannem Oporinum, 1564.

Second edition, octavo, Oporinus published the first edition the year before; signature trimmed from foot of title with loss of bottom margin below imprint; bound in full contemporary limp parchment, 6 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.

One of Weyer's most important contributions to modern psychiatry is this work, On the Tricks of Demons. He argues against the existence of witchcraft itself, proposing instead that irrational human behavior is attributable to mental illness, and not demonic possession. He also writes about people who style themselves as magicians, accusing them of outright fakery.

Adams W-145; see also Garrison-Morton 4916; Grolier Medicine 20; and Norman 2209 describing the first edition.

From Dr. Michael Stone's Psychiatry Collection.