1600 “Malleus Maleficarum / The Witches’ Hammer”


“Malleus maleficarum: de lamiis et strigibus, et sagis, aliisque magis & daemoniacis [.] tractatus aliquot tam veterum quam recentiorum auctorum: in tomos duos distributi. Quorum primus continet: I. Malleum maleficarum Jacobi Sprengeri, & Henrici Institoris, inquisitorum. II. Joannis Nideri [.] Formicarium de maleficis, carumque praestigiis ac deceptionibus” by Jacob Sprenger, Heinrich Kramer, and Johannes Nider [Frankfurt, 1600]. The first volume (of two) of the Frankfurt Basseus edition, containing the complete Latin text of the Malleus maleficiarum. Parchment binding of the period. Ancient name inscription on flyleaf. Title page somewhat loose, with publisher’s emblem (Nikolaus Basse), Published in 1600 (the number “29” was added by hand), short and ancient erased handwritten entries on title page as well as a very small red library stamp. Collated as complete. Text very neatly printed and clearly readable with figurative initials and marginalia. Text of the Malleus in three parts (684 pp., complete): 1) Tria continens, quae ad Maleficium concurrunt, ut sunt Daemon, Maleficus & Diuina permissio, 2) Modum in Maleficiis inferendis, atque amouendis feliciter pertractans, 3) Ad opus iudiciale, tam in foro ecclesiastico, quam ciuili, contra Malefios, ac omnes Haereticos pertinens, xxxv. Quaestiones completens. Following: In praecendentem tractatum approbatio, et subscripio Doctorum almae universitatis Colon (complete, pp. 685-693), Ioannis Nideri Theologi Formicarium de Maleficis (694-806, complete, with grotesque in the colophon). Index alphabeticus (38 pp., with minor damage starting at letters D to M with no loss of text, then 5 pp. with partial loss affecting the lower page corner. Followed by an index questionum (8 pp., with loss of text, as pictured). Solid binding. Good condition.

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