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The discoverie of witchcraft: proving, that the compacts and contracts of witches with devils and all infernal spirits or familiars, are but erroneous novelties and imaginary conceptions. Also discovering, how far their power extendeth in killing, tormenting, consuming, o curing the bodies of men, women, children, or animals, by charms, philtres, periapts, pentacles, curses, and conjurations. Wherein likewise the unchristian practices and inhumane dealings of searchers and witch-tryers upon aged, melancholly, and superstitious people, ... are notably detected. ... In sixteen books. By Reginald Scot Esquire. Whereunto is added an excellent discourse of the nature and substance of devils and spirits, in two books: the first by the aforesaid author: the second now added in this third edition, as succedaneous to the former, and conducing to the compleating of the whole work: with nine chapters at the beginning of the fifteenth book of the discovery.

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    SR - OS - 90.12/

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    [18], 292, [14], 72, [2] p. : ill. ; 2°.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

"A discourse concerning the nature and substance of devils and spirits." has separate title page, with imprint "printed in the year M.DC.LXV.", and begins new pagination with quire 3A. With a final contents leaf. A variant of the edition with "Mris. Cotes's" in the imprint. Signatures: [pi]2[-[pi]1] a-b4 B-2B6 2C-2D4 3A-3F6 3G2; MS. ink marks and notes; MS. ink notes on 3G2v comprising index; MS. ink notes on final free endpapers (C17th and C18th) UK-SuSCL Cited in: Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), S945 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich. University Microfilms International, 1980. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. (Early English books, 1641-1700; 1129:18). Ownership and custodial history: MS. ink signatures among the notes on the final free endpapers, including: Joathon Thomas Johnson; Sam. Crandon; John Willmonty; "John Lambert, No 64 High Holborn, London Oct. 24 1792"; "James Wright June 15th 1809"; initials H.W. blind-stamped on front and back boards; Beisly bequest 1896 UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Contemporary full leather with filleted borders, re-backed UK-SuSCL