1603 · Moguntiae
One of the two best known 16th-century treatises on magic, Disquisitionum magicarum libri sex was first printed 1599–1600 and is the magnum opus of Martin del Río (1551–1608), a Jesuit scholar. Amulets, incantations, demons, spells, alchemy, prophecy, divination, and many other topics are surveyed. The tome was designed as a ready reference book for priests and ecclesiastical judges. And yes, there are => sections on exorcism.
This edition ("nunc secundus curis auctior longè, additionibus multis passim insertis: correctior quoq(ue) mendis sublatis") bears a title-page with a rather fascinating => engraved border composed of eleven vignettes, all portraying scenes from Exodus. The text is printed with side- and shouldernotes and has woodcut head- and tailpieces.
Provenance: Stamps of two U.S. Redemptorist libraries (one in Ilchester, MD; the other in New York state).
VD17 1:001581Y; DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1899; Robbins 283; Graesse, Magica, 47; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, D45.3. Contemporary limp vellum with slightly yapp edges, evidence of now-lacking ties; vellum soiled, front joint (outside) with excellent repair, new endpapers. Scattered waterstains; discoloration in some margins from old damp; some gatherings and individual leaves browned, as in all other copies seen. Title-page trimmed at top, not quite into plate; without the folding table in Book II; old library stamps in some margins and an old sticker. A solid, satisfying copy. (Inventory #: 33026)