L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
au sujet des magiciens et des sorciers, avecque la response à un livre intitulé Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont esté faussement soupconnés de Magie. Par le P. Jacques d'Autun, Predicateur Capucin.Lyons: Jean Molin, 1671 Stock Code: 84955
Sorcery and witchcraftFirst edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé's sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669.
Jacques de Chevanes (c.1608-1678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and the present work includes extracts from a 1670 interview with a woman accused of sorcery and witchcraft.
Addressed to the parlement of Dijon, the book is written largely from a legalistic point of view, though with lengthy digressions, for example on astrology. Lynn Thorndike suggests that its title was a deliberate echo of the English anti-sceptical work On Credulity and Incredulity in Things Natural, Civil and Divine (1668) by Méric Casaubon. The book walks a middle way between scepticism and credulity: Chevanes argues that sorcerers are few in number and that their redemption and regeneration is both possible and preferable to their judicial execution.
Quarto (220 x 160 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red and brown sprinkled edges.
Woodcut vignette on title, woodcut initials, and head- and tailpieces.
Binding rubbed and scuffed, a little expert furbishment (spine ends, foot of front joint, gilt retouched), title page marked from over-enthusiastic edge-sprinkling, occasional minor staining elsewhere, a very good copy.
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