SPRENGER, Jakob (1436-1495) and KRAMER, Heinrich (ca. 1430-1505). Malleus maleficarum. - Hieronymus MENGO. Fustus daemonum.-Flagellum daemonum. - Joannes NIDER. Formicarium de maleficiis. Lyons: Pierre Landry, 1604.
3 volumes in 2, 8° (174 x 109mm). Roman type. Three title-pages in red and black with woodcut printer's device. (Early owner's signature in margins of titles of vols. 1 and 2 erased and patched, minor marginal tears to a few leaves). Contemporary, possibly Parisian dark reddish-brown calf gilt, covers with double gilt-rule borders, central oval consisting of leafy sprays, scrolls and a small cherub's head (center vacant), cornerpieces of intertwined leafy sprays and winged cherub's head (similar to that depicted in A. Hobson, Les Reliures la fanfare, p.38, fig.43), flat spines gilt to an overall pattern of leafy sprays with a small oval cartouche enclosing gilt-lettered title and six impressions of a small star tool, g.e. (rebacked, preserving original spines, corners a bit rubbed). Provenance: C.F.D. Massiot (signature on vols. 1 and 2 titlepages, partly effaced); Gueau (signature on vols. 1 and 2 titlepages); C. Marechaux, 1700 (inscription on pastedown of vol.1); Pasch. Joann. Sauvan d'Aramon (bookplates): Haskell F. Norman (his sale Christie’s New York, 18 March 1998, lot 197).
An extensive compendium of late medieval and Renaissance writings on witchcraft and exorcism including, in addition to the well-known Malleus, Berhard Basin Tractatus de artis magicis et magorum maleficiis (first published 1485), Ulrich Molitor De lamiis et phytoniciis mulieribus (first published 1489), Johannes Gerson, De probatione spitrituum (first published ca.1467-1472) Thomas Murner De phythonico contractu (first published after 2 October 1499), Johannes Nider Formicarium de maleficiis, Gerolamo Menghi, Flagellum Daemonum (first published Bologna, 1582), Bartholomeo de Spina, Questio de strigibus (first published Rome, 1576) and Apologia quadruplex sew Lamiis, Foelicis Malleolus Tractatus duo excorcissmorum and De credulitate Daemonibus. Norman 2001.