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KING JAMES' DAEMONOLOGIE, In Forme of a Dialogue. Divided into Three Bookes. 1597 (2013) Deluxe Edition in Black Kid-Skin (one of 45 Copies)

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KING JAMES' DAEMONOLOGIE, In Forme of a Dialogue. Divided into Three Bookes. 1597 (2013) Deluxe Edition in Black Kid-Skin (one of 45 Copies)

225.00

KING JAMES

King James’ Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogue. Divided into Three Bookes. 1597 

Emerald City (Seattle): Ouroboros Press, [2013]. First edition thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. Bound in black kid-skin with gilt device to front and back panels. 5 raised bands and gilt titles to spine. This leather edition is limited to 45 copies. Marbled endpapers. Black page marker ribbon. Frontispiece illustration, highly decorative title page. 116 pages. 

A fine copy. 

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The Daemonologie of King James came about due to  the involvement of James VI of Scotland in the North Berwick witch trials. While traveling by ship the King’s journey was beset with an unexpected storm at sea which nearly sank the vessel and greatly delayed the voyage. The Danish admiral of the accompanying fleet blamed it on the wife of a Copenhagen official  claiming it was revenge for an ill remark he had made to her. This led to the first major persecution of witches in Scotland. Many were investigated and confessions were extracted by torture, providing damning details of Sorcery, Devilry and fantastic reports of the Witches Sabbath. The results of those confessions serve as a foundation of James’ text Daemonologie and he here explicates them in the form of three dialogues. Late 16th century attitudes about witchcraft, necromancy, sorcery and kindred arts are represented here. This work also serves as a monument of the terrible inhumanity society can be capable of.