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DAEMONOLOGIA: A Discourse on Witchcraft... Edward Fairfax (Harrogate [UK], 1882)

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DAEMONOLOGIA: A Discourse on Witchcraft... Edward Fairfax (Harrogate [UK], 1882)

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DAEMONOLOGIA: A Discourse on Witchcraft... Edward Fairfax (Harrogate [UK], 1882)

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[Fairfax, Edward] Grainge, William (Preface and Notes). Daemonologia: A Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax, of Fuyston, in the County of York, in the Year 1621; Along with the Only Two Eclogues of the Same Author Known to be in Existence. With a Biographical Introduction and Notes Topographical & Illustrative. Harrogate: B. Ackrill, 1882. 

First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 8vo. Bound in red cloth with gilt titles to front, gilt titles and device to spine. Blind stamped device to rear cover. 189 pages. This is Fairfax’s treatise on demonology which was originally written in the early 1600s and first published in 1858. Very light edge wear, small dark mark to lower spine, some browning and age toning to preliminaries otherwise A NEAR FINE COPY. 

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Fairfax was convinced that his neighbors (six women) had attacked his children with witchcraft, resulting in the death of his daughter Anne. The case did go to trial but the defendants were acquitted. Fairfax goes into great detail about the events that took place, and the uncanny happenings in the area of North Yorkshire he resided in. Fairfax details everything practically as a running diary using exact dates and the particular days of the week, over a period of one and half years. There are two of Fairfax’s poems at the end of the volume. Grainge contributes an informative preface and his notes are included throughout.