Scottish Witchcraft Trials. J. W. Brodie-Innes.
Scottish Witchcraft Trials
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Scottish Witchcraft Trials.

London: Chiswick Press, 1891.

One of 245 copies, this copy is not numbered. 66, [1] pp. 12mo. Parchment wrappers, some foxing to wrappers but internally fine. (Witchcraft: Catalogue of the Witchcraft Collection, 91). Item #309462

A scarce volume, a paper read before the Sette of Odd Volumes, November 1890. Issued for members of the Sette, and the twenty-fifth work of "Privately Printed Opuscula". At rear, bibliography of club publications and a list of twenty-one members including the bookseller Bernard Quaritch as "Librarian".

"Then, as now, there came a great wave of phenomena unexplainable by commonly received scientific laws; a probability, indeed an actuality, of some of these phenomena or strange powers being used for criminal purposes, and a demand arose for legislation; this was severe, but considering the severity of all punishments at the time, not out of proportion. But then came the great upheaval of the Reformation, and with it the conviction, probably in many cases honestly entertained, that the devoted adherents of the old faith were bewitched -hypnotized we might say now- and the severity of the law and the obscurity of the crime put a ready weapon into the hands of the triumphant reformers."

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