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Women's history: Witchcraft

Nicolas Remy, Demonolatry, [1595] 1930 reprint

Microfilm: Witchcraft in Europe and America, 1515-1859

Microfilmed from originals held in Cornell University Library. Humanities microfilm 46

This comprehensive collection on witchcraft, sourced from the Cornell University Library, includes texts dating from the 16th-19th century. Women were frequently victims of accusations of witchcraft. The collection includes:

• Anti-persecution writings
• Works by penologists
• Legal and church documents
• Exposés of persecutions
• Philosophical writings
• Transcripts of trials and exorcisms

[Boulton, Richard] fl.1697-1724. A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft. London, Printed for E. Curll, J. Pemberton; and W. Taylor. 1715-16 Reel: 21, Item No. 148

Boulton, Richard, fl.1697-1724. The possibility and reality of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft, demonstrated. London, Printed for J. Roberts. 1722. Or, A vindication of A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft. In answer to Dr. Hutchinson's Historical essay ... In two parts. Reel: 21, Item No. 149

Bouvet, prévost général des armées du roy en Italie. Les manières admirables pour de' courir toutes sortes de crimes et sortilèges. Paris, I. de la Caille. 1659. Avec l'instruction solide pour bien iuger un procez criminel. Ensemble d'espèce des crimes, & la punition d'iceux, suiuant les loix, ordonnances, canons, & arrests. Reel: 21, Item No. 150

Bovet, Richard, b.ca.1641. Pandaemonium: or, The Devil's cloyster. London, Printed for J. Walthoe. 1684. Being a further blow to modern Sadduceism, proving the existence of witches and spirits. In a discourse deduced from the fall of the angels, the propagation of Satans kingdom before the flood ... With an account of the lives and transactions of several ... witches. Also a collection of several authentic relations of strange apparitions of daemons and specters, and fascinations of witches. Reel: 21, Item No. 151

Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb revived; or, Witchcraft condemn'd in Anne Bodenham, a servant of his, who was arraigned and executed the Lent assizes last at Salisbury, before ... Baron Wild, judge of the assise. London, Printed by T. W. for R. Best and J. Place. 1653. Wherein is set forth her strange and wonderful diabolical usage of a maid, servant to Mr. Goddard, as also her attempt against his daughters. Reel: 21, Item No. 152

Bradwell, Stephan, fl.1594-1636. Marie Glovers late woefull case, together with her joyful deliverance written upon occasion of Dr. Jordens Discourse of the mother. [n.p.]. 1603. With a defence of the truthe against D.J. his scandalous impugnations. Reel: 21, Item No. 153

Bragge, Francis, b.1690. A defense of the proceedings against Jane Wenham, wherein the possibility and reality of witchcraft are demonstrated from Scripture, and the concurrent testimonies of all ages. London, Printed for E. Curll. 1712. In answer to two pamphlets, entituled, I. The impossibility of witchcraft, &c. II. A full confutation of witchcraft. Reel: 21, Item No. 154

[Bragge, Francis] b.1690. A full and impartial account of the discovery of sorcery and witchcraft, practis'd by Jane Wenham of Walkerne in Hertfordshire, upon the bodies of Anne Thorn, Anne Street, &c. London, Printed for E. Curll. 1712. The proceedings against her from her being first apprehended, till she was committed to gaol by Sir Henry Chauncy. Also her tryal at the assizes at Hertford before Mr. Justice Powell, where she was found guilty of felony and witchcraft, and receiv'd sentence of death for the same, March 4. 1711-12. Reel: 21, Item No. 155

[Bragge, Francis] b.1690. Witchcraft farther display'd. London, Printed for E. Curll. 1712. Containing I. An account of the witchcraft practis'd by Jane Wenham of Walkerne, in Hertfordshire, since her condemnation, upon the bodies of Anne Thorn and Anne Street. II. An answer to the most general objections against the being and power of witches: with some remarks upon the case of Jane Wenham in particular, and on Mr. Justice Powel's procedure therein. To which are added, the tryals of Florence Newton, a famous Irish witch, at the assizes held at Cork, anno 1661; as also of two witches at assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, anno 1664, before Sir Matthew Hale ... who were found guildty and executed. Reel: 21, Item No. 156

Braunin, Anna Maria, d.1689. Acta inquisitionalia contra Annen Marien Braunin in puncto Verdächtiger Hexery, Ambt Ostrau, 1689. Reel: 21, Item No. 161

Haren, Anton de, 1704?-1776. Antonii de Haen. P. Kraus. 1775. De magia liber. Lipsiae, Sumptibius I. Reel: 48, Item No. 425

Hale, John, 1636-1700. A modest enquiry into the nature of witchcraft, and how persons guilty of that crime may be convicted: and the means used for their discovery discussed, both negatively and affirmatively, according to Scripture and experience. Boston in N.E., Printed by B. Green and J. Allen, for B. Eliot. 1702. By John Hale, pastor of the Church of Christ in Beverely, anno Domini 1697. Reel: 48, Item No. 426

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. A collection of modern relations of matter of fact, concerning witches & witchcraft upon the persons of people. London, Printed for J. Harris. 1693. To which is prefixed a meditation concerning the mercy of God, in preserving us from the malice and power of evil angels. Written ... upon occasion of a trial of several witches ... Part I. Reel: 48, Item No. 427

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. Pleas of the crown: or, A methodical summary of the principal matters relating to that subject. [London] in the Savoy, Printed by J. N., assignee of E. Sayer, for D. Brown, J. Walthoe [etc.]. 1716. 5th ed. To which are now added, several hundred references, never before printed, to the ancient and modern books of the law. Also three other treatises by the same author; viz. Of the sheriff's accompts, Trial of witches, (before him) and Provisions for the poor. Reel: 48, Item No. 428

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. A short treatise touching sheriffs accompts. London, Printed, andare to be sold by Will. Shrowsbery. 1683. To which is added, A tryal of witches, at the assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds, for the county of Suffolk, on the 10th of March 1664, before the said Sir Matthew Hale, kt. Reel: 48, Item No. 429

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. Trial of witches, at the Bury assizes, March 10, 1762 [i.e. 1664] before Sir Matthew Hale. [n.p.]. [1762?]. Rose Cullender and Amy Duny, ... were severally indicted for bewitching Elizabeth and Anne Durent ... and ... pleaded not guilty. Reel: 48, Item No. 430

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. A tryal of witches, at the assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds for the county of Suffolk; on the tenth day of March, 1664, before Sir Matthew Hale. London, J. R. Smith. 1838. Reprinted verbatim from the original edition of 1682. With an appendix by C. Clark, esq., of Great Totham, Essex. Reel: 48, Item No. 431

Halle, Johann Samuel, 1727-1810. Magie, oder, die zauberkräfte der natur. Berlin. 1786. [Erster Band: Zweit Auflage.]. Reel: 48/49, Item No. 432

Stearne, John, of Lawshall. A confirmation and discovery of witch-craft containing these severall particulars; that there are witches called bad witches, and witches untruely called good or white witches, and what manner of people they be, and how they may bee knowne, with many particulars thereunto tending. London, Printed by W. Wilson. 1648. Together with the confessions of many of those executed since May 1645, in the severall counties hereafter mentioned. As also some objections answered. Reel: 88, Item No. 919

Stoiber, Ubald, O.F.M. Armamentarium ecclesiasticum complectens arma spiritualia fortissima ad insultus diabolicoselidendos, & feliciter superandos. Gastl. 1757. Editio quarta ... Pedeponti, Sumptibus Joan. Reel: 88, Item No. 929

Stone, Lincoln Ripley. Account of the trial of George Jacobs for witchcraft. 1859. Read at a meeting of Essex Institute. February 24, 1859. Clipping from Salem Gazette, March 1, 1859. Reel: 88, Item No. 930

Strange and fearfull newes from Plaisto, in the parish of West-Ham, neere Bow, foure miles from London, in the house of one Paul Fox, a silke-weaver where is dayly to be seene throwing of stones, bric-bats, oystershels, bread, cutting his worke in peeces, breaking his windowes, stones of fifty wayt coming up the stayers, a sword flying about the roome, books going up and down the house. London, Printed by I. H. [1645]. Reel: 88, Item No. 931

Strange & terrible newes from Cambridge, being a true relation of the Quakers bewitching of Mary Philips. London, Printed for C. Brooks, 1659. [London, at the British Museum, 1923]. 1659; [1923] likewise her speech to the scholars and countrey-men ... her oath before the judges and justices, and the names of the Quakers brought to tryal ... with the judgment of the court. Reel: 88, Item No. 932

Strange and wonderful news from Wheelers Street in Spittle-Fields. [London?] Printed for J. Clark. [1683?]. Being a true and just account of a woman there living that hath lain for a long time under a great and heavy affliction of witch-craft, shewing also how the witch came in the shape of a great squirrill ... Also an account how her husband, going to a doctor to get help for her, saw the shape of a man and two women. Reel: 88, Item No. 933

Strange and wonderful news from Yowel [sic] in Surry; giving a true and just account of one Elizabeth Burgiss, who was most strangely bewitched and tortured ..As, also, how great stones ... were thrown at her ... ; and after she came to her fathers house, the throwing of the pewter-dishes, candlesticks, and other clattering of household goods at her. West-Smithfield, Printed for F. Clarke, seignior. 1681. As, also, how great stones ... were thrown at her ... ; and after she came to her fathers house, the throwing of the pewter-dishes, candlesticks, and other clattering of household goods at her. Reel: 88, Item No. 934

A strange and wonderful relation from Shadwel; or, The Devil visible. London, Printed for W. Smith. 1674. Being a most true and faithful account how the Devil in human shape, on the 3d. of this instant July, made his appearance to one Mrs. Moon there, ... with a bag of money in one hand, and a knife in the other, tempting her to murther one of her children. As also how she refused. Reel: 88, Item No. 935

Strange newes, out of Hartford-shire, and Kent. London, Printed for R. G., 1679 [n.p]. [18--?] 1. An account of a moving-devil ... 2. A true narrative of a young maid who was possest with several devils or evil spirits. Reel: 88, Item No. 936

A strange report of sixe most notorious witches, who by their divelish practises murdered above the number of four hundred small children, besides the great hurtes they committed upon divers other people; who for the same and many other like offences were executed in the princely cittie of Manchen in high Germanie the 29. of July 1600. London, printed by W. W. For T. Pavier. 1601. Printed at Nurewberge by Lucas Mayr, and now translated out of Dutch according to the same copy there imprinted. Reel: 88, Item No. 937

Stryk, Joannes Samuel, 1668-1715. Disputatio iuridica inauguralis, De iure spectrorum quam. Halae Magdeburgicae, Literis Joh. Christ. Grunerti. 1738 praeside Dn. Io. Samuele Strykio ..submittit Andreas Becker. Reel: 88, Item No. 940

Trinum magicum, sive Secretorum magicorum opus. Francofurti, Sumptibus Jacobi Gothofredi Seyleri. 1673. Editum a Caesare Longino philos. Reel: 95, Item No. 986

Trinua magicum, sive Secretorum magicorum opus. Offenbachii, Cura M. Georgij Beati, impensis Anthonij Rummij, Francof. 1611, editum à Caesare Longino, philos. Reel: 95, Item No. 987

Trithemius, Johannes, 1462-1516. Antipalus maleficiorum Johannis Tritemii Spanhemensis ... quatuor libris comprehensus. Moguntiae, Apud Balthassarum Lippium. 1605. Reel: 95, Item No. 988

Trithemius, Johannes, 1462-1516. Antipalus maleficiorum Johannis Trithemii. [n.p.]. [16th cent.] Reel: 95, Item No. 989

A true account of a strange and wonderful relation of one John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall, said to be bewitched by some women; two of which on suspition are committed to prison. London, Printed by George Croom. 1686. He vomiting up several pins, pieces of walnutshels, an ear of rye, with a straw to it half a yard long. Reel: 95, Item No. 992

A true and exact relation of the severall informations, examinations, and confessions of the late witches, arraigned and executed in the county of Essex. London, Printed by M. S. for H. Overton. 1645. Who were arraigned and condemned at the late sessions, holden at Chelmesford before the Rt. Hon. Robert, earle of Warwicke, and severall of His Magesties justices of peace, the 29 of July, 1645. Reel: 95, Item No. 993

A true and full relation of the witches at Pittenween. Edinburgh. 1704. Reel: 95, Item No. 994

A true and impartial relation of the informations against three witches, viz.: Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards. London, Printed by F. Collins, and are to be sold by T. Benskin and C. Yeo. 1682. Who were indicted, arraigned, and convicted, at the assizes holden for the county of Devon at the castle of Exon, Aug. 14, 1682. ... As also, their speeches, confessions, and behaviour, at the time and place of execution. Reel: 95, Item No. 995

A true and just recorde of the information, examination and confession of all the witches taken at S. Oses in ... Essex; whereof some were executed, and other some entreated according to ...lawe. [London, at the British Museum]. [1923]. Written orderly as the cases were tryed by evidence, by W. W. [pseud.]; London, Imprinted by T. Dawson, 1582. Reel: 95, Item No. 996

A true relation of the araignment of eighteene witches, that were tried, convicted, and condemned at ... St. Edmundsbury ... and so were executed the 27. day of August 1645. [London, at the British Museum]. [1923]. As also a list of the names of those that were executed, and their several confessions before their execution; London, Printed by I. H., 1645. Reel: 95, Item No. 997

A true relation of the araignment of thirty witches at Chensford in Essex, before Judge Coniers, fourteene whereof were hanged on Friday last, July 25, 1645 ... Setting forth the confessions of the principall of them. London, Printed by I. H. [1645]. Also shewing how the divell had carnall copulation with Rebecca West, a young maid. Reel: 95, Item No. 998

A tryal of witches, at the Assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds for the county of Suffolk. London. 1682. [Before Sir Matthew Hale.]. Reel: 95, Item No. 999

Turell, Ebenezer, 1702-1778. Detection of witchcraft. [In Massachusetts historical society. Collections. Boston, 1823. Reprinted 1843]. [1823; 1843]. Reel: 95, Item No. 1000

The Tyburn-Ghost; or, the Strange Downfall of the Gallows. London Printed for L.C. 1678. A most true Relation How the famous Triple-Tree Neer Paddington was on Tuesday-night last (the third of this instant September) wonderfully pluckt up by the Roots, and demolisht by certain Evil-Spirits. ... [First ed.]. Reel: 95, Item No. 1001 

 

Books on witchcraft, in date order

Summers, Montague. [1487] Malleus maleficarum translated with an introduction, bibliography and notes by the Rev. Montague Summers [2 copies] 1928 reprint. Cardiff Rare Books: Limited Editions

Remy, Nicolas. [1595] Demonolatry [No. 57 of 1275] [the Church & Witchcraft series volume IV], 1930 reprint. Cardiff Rare Books: Limited Editions

Guazzo, Francesco Maria. [1608] Compendium maleficarum collected in three books from many sources by Brother Francesco Maria Guazzo of the order of S. Ambrose ad Nemus, English translation, 1929 reprint. Cardiff Rare Books: Rare Books

Cotta, John. The triall of witch-craft, shewing the tru and right methode of the discouery, 1616, Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Hammond, Henry. Of superstition, 1645. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Scot, Reginald. Discovery of witchcraft: proving the common opinions of witches, 1651. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Scot, Reginald. [1651] The discoverie of witchcraft by Reginald Scot: with an introduction by the Rev. Montague Summers, 1930 reprint. Cardiff Rare Books: Rare Books

Agrippa, Henry Cornelius. Three books of occult philosophy, 1651. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Scot, Reginald. Discovery of witchcraft: proving the common opinions of witches, 1654. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Scott, Reginald. The discovery of witchcraft: proving that the compacts and contracts of witches with devils… Whereunto is added An excellent discourse of the nature and substance of devils and spirits, 1665. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Quarto

Glanvill, Joseph. A blow at modern Sadducism in some philosophical considerations about witchcraft and the relation of the famed disturbance at the house of M. Mompesson with reflections on drollery and atheism, 4th ed., corrected and enl., 1668. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Bekker, Balthazar. The world bewitched; or, an examination of the common opinions concerning spirits, 1695. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Glanvil, Joseph. Saducismus triumphatus, or, Full and plain evidence concerning witches and apparitions in two parts, the first treating of their possibility, the second of their real existence. 3rd ed., with additions, 1700. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Hutchinson, Francis. An historical essay concerning witchcraft. With observations upon matters of fact; And also two sermons: one in proof of the Christian religion; the other concerning Good and Evil Angels, 1720. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Glanvil, Joseph. Sadducismus triumphatus, or, A full and plain evidence concerning witches and apparitions in two parts, the first treating of their possibility, the second of their real existence. 4th ed., with additions, 1726. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Defoe, Daniel. The history of the devil as well antient as modern, [1727]. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Defoe, Daniel. A view of the invisible world; Or, general history of apparitions, 1752. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

‘Belzebub’. A sure guide to hell. In seven sections, 1751. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

George Hadley. Argal: or the silver devil, being the adventures of an evil spirit, 1794. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo

Meinhold, William (ed.) [1839]. Mary Schweidler, the amber witch. The most interesting trial for witchcraft ever known. Printed... by her father Abraham Schweidler [Gothic novel and literary hoax] Vale Press (Ballantyne Press), 1903 reprint. Cardiff Rare Books: Private Presses Quarto (Vale)