London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
NIDER, Johannes (c.1380-1438). Formicarius. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, [c.1484].
Chancery 2° (280 x 189mm). Gothic type, initial spaces with guide-letters. A minor printing mishap has obscured a few letters on the final page. (Small wormholes.) Modern brown blindstamped morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, buckram slipcase. Provenance: Bernhard Collirola (inscription dated 1555, annotations) -- Regensburg, Dominican convent (inscription) -- New York, Manhattan College Library (bookplate, sale Christie's NY, 1 June 1991, lot 77).
Third edition. Book 5 deals with witches and their deceptions and was one of the sources for Institoris and Sprenger's Malleus Maleficarum, a handbook on the subject used by the Inquisition. HC *11832; BMC II, 351; Goff N-176.
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