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Figure of Mother Shipton taken from The life and death of the famous Mother Shipton, early 18th century.

Books, tracts and pamphlets examining witchcraft trials, magic, sorcery, and the reality of witchcraft.

B., R., Wonderful prodigies of judgment and mercy : discovered in above three hundred memorable histories, containing I. Dreadful judgments upon atheists, perjured persons, blasphemers, swearers, cursers and scoffers. II. The miserable ends of divers magicians, witches, conjurers, &c. with several strange apparitions. III. Remarkable presages of approaching death, and of appeals to divine justice. IV. The wicked lives, and woful deaths of wretched popes, apostates, and desperate persecutors. V. Fearful judgments upon cruel tyrants, murderers, &c. with the wonderful discovery of murders. VI. Admirable deliverances from imminent dangers and deplorable distresses at sea aud [sic] land. VII. Divine goodness to penitents, with the dying thoughts of several famous men concerning a future state after this life. Faithfully collected from antient and modern authors, of undoubted authority and credit, and imbellished with divers curious pictures, of several remarkable passages therein, (London, 1685). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV4517.R2 1685.

Bobbin, Tim, Tim Bobbin's toy-shop open'd, or, His whimsical amusements: Containing, his view of the Lancashire dialect, (with a large glossary) being the adventures and misfortues of a Lancashire clown. The poem of the black bird; or whistling ouzel. The goose; a poem, (by an unknown hand) corrected by T. B. A humorous (but real) codicil to a conjurer's will. Prickshaw witch bown up; or the conjuror out-conjured. Hoantung's letter to the empress of Rishworth, alias the Queen at the Booth. A letter to T. P. Esq; being an explanation of the above letter; and a state of the case between her ladyship and the author. Together with several other humorous epistles, epitaphs, &c. in prose and rhyme. Also some original Lancashire, Scotch, and other letters, never before published. Embelished with copper-plates designed by the author and engraved by Mr. Barlow of Bolton, (Manchester, 1763). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, PR3349.C8.T4 1763.

Boulton, Richard, The possibility and reality of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft, demonstrated.. Or, A vindication of A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft. In answer to Dr. Hutchinson's Historical essay ... In two parts,  (London, 1722). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 149.

Boulton, Richard, A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft, (London, 1715-16). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 148.

Bouvet, prévost général des armées du roy en Italie. Les manières admirables pour de' courir toutes sortes de crimes et sortilèges. 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…, (Paris, 1659). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 150.

Bovet, Richard, Pandaemonium: or, The Devil's cloyster. 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, (London, 1684). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. Wherein is set forth her strange and wonderful diabolical usage of a maid, servant to Mr. Goddard, as also her attempt against his daughters, (London, 1653). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 152.

Bradwell, Stephan, Marie Glovers late woefull case, together with her joyful deliverance written upon occasion of Dr. Jordens Discourse of the mother. With a defence of the truthe against D.J. his scandalous impugnations, ([n.p.]. 1603). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 153.

Bragge, Francis, 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. In answer to two pamphlets, entitled, I. The impossibility of witchcraft, &c. II. A full confutation of witchcraft, (London, 1712). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 154.

Bragge, Francis, 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. 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, (London, 1712). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 155.

Bragge, Francis, Witchcraft farther display'd. 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, (London, 1712). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 156.

Braunin, Anna Maria, Acta inquisitionalia contra Annen Marien Braunin in puncto Verdächtiger Hexery,(Ambt Ostrau, 1689). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 21, Item No. 161.

Cotta, John, The triall of vvitch-craft: shewing the true and right methode of the discouery: with a confutation of erroneous ways, (London, 1616). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1565.C6 1616.

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, (London, 1668). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1565.G5 1668.

Glanvill, 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 (London, third edition with additions With two authentick, but wonderful stories of certain Swedish witches, 1700). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1565.G5 1700.

Guazzo, Francesco Maria, Compendium maleficarum: collected in three books from many sources by Brother Francesco Maria Guazzo, showing iniquitous and execrable operations of witches against the human race, and the divine remedies by which they may be frustrated, ed., Montague Summers (London, 1929). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Limited Editions, BF1565.G8.

Hale, John, 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, [1697] (Boston 1702). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 426.

Hale, Matthew, Sir, Trial of witches, at the Bury assizes, March 10, 1762 [i.e. 1664] before Sir Matthew Hale. Rose Cullender and Amy Duny, ... were severally indicted for bewitching Elizabeth and Anne Durent ... and ... pleaded not guilty, (n.p. 1762?). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 430.

Hale, Matthew, Sir, Pleas of the crown: or, A methodical summary of the principal matters relating to that subject. 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, (London, 1716). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 428.

Hale, Matthew, Sir, A collection of modern relations of matter of fact, concerning witches & witchcraft upon the persons of people. 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, (London, 1693). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 427.

Hale, Matthew, Sir, A short treatise touching sheriffs accompts. 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, (London, 1683). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 429.

Hale, Matthew, Sir, 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. Reprinted verbatim from the original edition of 1682. With an appendix by C. Clark, esq., of Great Totham, Essex, (London, 1838). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 48, Item No. 431.

Heywood, Thomas, The hierarchie of the blessed angells : Their names, orders and offices the fall of Lucifer with his angels, (London, 1635). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, PR2574.H3.

Heywood, Thomas, Gynaikeion: or books of various history concerning women; inscribed by ye names of ye nine Muses, [no printed title page - handwritten] (1624). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios.

Huarte, John, Examen de ingenios. The examination of mens wits [a traill of wits], (1596). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Hutchinson, Francis, An historical essay concerning witchcraft: with observations upon matters of fact; tending to clear the texts of the sacred scriptures, and confute the vulgar errors about that point: and also two sermons: one in proof of the Christian religion ; the other concerning good and evil angels, (London, 1720). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1565.H8 1720.

Insitoris, Heinrich, Malleus Maleficarum, translated with an introduction by Montague Summers, [1487] (London, 1928). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Limited Editions, BF1569.I6.

de Ledrede, Richard, A contemporary narrative of the proceedings against Dame Alice Kyteler: prosecuted for sorcery in 1324, (London,  printed for the Camden Society, 1843). Special Collections: Reference, DA20.C2.

Meinhold, Wilhelm, Mary Schweidler, the amber witch: The most interesting trial for witchcraft ever known. Printed from an imperfect manuscript by her father, Abraham Schweidler, the pastor of Coserow in the island of Usedom, (London, 1903). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Private Presses, Quartos, PT2430.M35.M2.

Naudé, Gabriel, The history of magick : by way of apology, for all the wise men who have unjustly been reputed magicians, from the creation, to the present age, (London, 1657). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG30(1657).

Remy, Nicholas, Demonolatry, ed., Montague Summers, (London, 1930). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Limited Editions, BF1520.R3.

Scot, Reginald, Scot's Discovery of vvitchcraft: proving the common opinions of witches contracting with divels, spirits, or familiars; and their power to kill, torment, and consume the bodies of men women, and children, or other creatures by diseases or otherwise; their flying in the air &c. To be but imaginary erronious conceptions and novelties; wherein also, the lewde unchristian practises of witchmongers, upon aged, melancholy, ignorant, and superstious people in extorting confessions, by inhumane terrors and tortures is notably detected. Also the knavery and confederacy of conjurors. The impious blasphemy of inchanters. The imposture of soothsayers, and infidelity of atheists. The delusion of pythonists, figure-casters, astrologers, and vanity of dreamers. The fruitlesse beggerly art of Alchimistry. The horrible art of poisoning and all the tricks and conveyances of juggling and liegerdemain are fully deciphered. With many other things opened that have long lain hidden: though very necessary to be known for the undeceiving of judges, justices, and juries, and for the preservation of poor, aged, deformed, ignorant people; frequently taken, arraigned, condemned and executed for witches, when according to a right understanding, and a good conscience, physick, food, and necessaries should be administered to them. Whereunto is added, a treatise upon the nature, and substance of spirits and divels &c. all written and published in anno 1584, (London, 1651). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1581.A2.S2 1651.

Shadwell, Thomas, The Lancashire vvitches, and Tegue o Divelly the Irish priest : a comedy, acted at the Dukes's [sic] Theatre, (London, 1691).Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Restoration Drama, PR3671.S8.L2.

Shipton, Mother, The life and death of the famous Mother Shipton; containing an account of her strange birth, and the most important passages of her life; also her prophecies, now newly collected and explained, and illustrative of some of the most wonderful events that have happened, or are to come to pass, (17??). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Stearne, John, 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. Together with the confessions of many of those executed since May 1645, in the severall counties hereafter mentioned. As also some objections answered, (London, 1648). Humanities Microfilm 46.  Reel: 88, Item No. 919.

Stone, Lincoln Ripley, ‘Account of the trial of George Jacobs for witchcraft, read at a meeting of Essex Institute. February 24, 1859’, Salem Gazette, March 1, (1859). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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, 1645). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 88, Item No. 931.

Strange & terrible newes from Cambridge, being a true relation of the Quakers bewitching of Mary Philips, 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, (London, 1659).Humanities Microfilm 46.  Reel: 88, Item No. 932.

Strange and wonderful news from Wheelers Street in Spittle-Fields. 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, (London? 1683?). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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, 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, (1681). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 88, Item No. 934.

A strange and wonderful relation from Shadwel; or, The Devil visible.. 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, (London, 1674). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 88, Item No. 935.

Strange newes, out of Hartford-shire, and Kent. 1. An account of a moving-devil ... 2. A true narrative of a young maid who was possest with several devils or evil spirits, [London, 1679] (n.p., 18??). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. Printed at Nurewberge by Lucas Mayr, and now translated out of Dutch according to the same copy there imprinted, ( London, 1601). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 88, Item No. 937.

Trithemius, Johannes, Antipalus maleficiorum Johannis Tritemii Spanhemensis ... quatuor libris comprehensus, (Moguntiae, Apud Balthassarum Lippium. 1605). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 95, Item No. 988

Trithemius, Johannes, Antipalus maleficiorum Johannis Trithemii, [n.p.]. [16th cent.] Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. He vomiting up several pins, pieces of walnutshels, an ear of rye, with a straw to it half a yard long, (London, 1686). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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.. 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, (London, 1645). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 95, Item No. 993.

A true and full relation of the witches at Pittenween, (Edinburgh. 1704). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 95, Item No. 994.

A true and impartial relation of the informations against three witches, viz.: Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards. 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, (London, 1682). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. Written orderly as the cases were tryed by evidence, by W. W. [pseud.]; (London, 1582). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. As also a list of the names of those that were executed, and their several confessions before their execution, (London, 1645). Humanities Microfilm 46. 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. Also shewing how the divell had carnall copulation with Rebecca West, a young maid, (London, [1645]). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 95, Item No. 998.

A tryal of witches, at the Assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds for the county of Suffolk. [Before Sir Matthew Hale.], (London, 1682). Humanities Microfilm 46.  Reel: 95, Item No. 999.

Turell, Ebenezer, Detection of witchcraft. [In Massachusetts historical society. Collections. Boston, 1823. Reprinted 1843], [1823; 1843].  Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 95, Item No. 1000

Vaughan, Thomas, Magia Adamica: or The antiquitie of magic, and the descent thereof from Adam downwards, proved ; whereunto is added, a perfect, and full discoverie of the true coelum terrae, or the magician's heavenly chaos, and first matter of all things, (London,1650). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG30(1650).