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UPHAM, CHARLES W. Salem Witchcraft; with An Account of Salem Village, and A History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects

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UPHAM, CHARLES W. Salem Witchcraft; with An Account of Salem Village, and A History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects

295.00 425.00

Boston: Wiggin and Lunt, 1867. 

First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 2 Volumes. Publisher’s original brown cloth with spines titled in gilt. Top edge gilt. Black and white frontispiece in each volume. Large foldout map in volume one. [xl] + 469, 553 pp.

A bit of handling wear to both volumes, a few roughly opened page edges, including title page to volume one. Bindings strong and sound. A well preserved set in very good or better condition.

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This is the standard work on seventeenth-century Salem and its notorious witch trials, with all that the era holds of “the pitiable and tragical, the mysterious and awful”. These comprehensive volumes present a memorable picture of the time and the people who were so deeply involved in searching out purveyors of witchcraft. Volume one gives a full background and history of Salem, revealing how the witchcraft hysteria grew out of a dark and despondent period - “the triumphant age of superstition” - when the struggling colonists were oppressed by debts, piracy on the coasts, the passing of their leading citizens, etc. Volume two contains details of the prosecutions of 1692 including depositions which, in line with an earlier Massachusetts ruling, were to be perpetually preserved. A large folding map of Salem Village and plates showing documents and other items of special interest add to the unique value of this extraordinary work.