Works conveying and debating the nature of superstition and various superstitious beliefs, from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
Aubrey, John, Miscellanies: viz. I. Day-fatality. II. Local-fatality. III. Ostenta. IV. Omens. V. Dreams. VI. Apparitions. VII. Voices. VIII. Impulses. IX. Knockings. X. Blows invisible. XI. Prophesies. XII. Marvels. XIII. Magick. XIV. Transportation in the air. XV. Visions in a beril, or glass. XVI. Converse with angels and spirits. XVII. Corps-candles in Wales. XVIII. Oracles. XIX. Exstasie. XX. Glances of love. envy. XXI. Second-sighted persons, (London, 1696). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1410.A8.
Aubrey, John, Miscellanies, upon the following subjects: I. Day-fatality. II. Local-fatality. III. Ostenta. IV. Omens. V. Dreams. VI. Apparitions. VII. Voices. VIII. Impulses. IX. Knockings. X. Blows invisible. XI. Prophesies. XII. Marvels. XIII. Magick. XIV. Transportation in the air. XV. Visions in a beril, or glass. XVI. Converse with angels and spitits. XVII. Corps-candles in Wales. XVIII. Oracles. XIX. Extasie. XX. Glances of love and envy. XXI. Second-sighted-persons. XXII. The discovery of two murders by an apparition (2nd edition with larger additions, (London, 1721). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1410.A8.
Bayle, Pierre, Miscellaenous reflections occasion'd by the comet which appear'd in December 1680: chiefly tending to explode popular superstitions, written to a Doctor of the Sorbon, (London, 1708), SCOLAR@Newport: Road Ask at desk, PQ1714.B3.A61.P3.
Borlase, William, Antiquities, historical and monumental, of the county of Cornwall: consisting of several essays on the first inhabitants, druid-superstition, customs, and remains of the most remote antiquity in Britain, and the British Isles, exemplified and proved by monuments now extant in Cornwall and the Scilly Islands, with a vocabulary of the Cornu-British language, (London, 1769). Salisbury Folio WG30(1769).
Browne, Thomas, Sir, Pseudodoxia epidemica: or, Enquiries into very many received tenents and commonly presumed truths: together with the Religio medici, (London, the sixth and last edition, corrected and enlarged by the author, 1672). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, PR3327.A7.P8.
Browne, Thomas, Sir, The works of the learned Sr Thomas Brown, Kt. Doctor of Physick, late of Norwich : Containing I. Enquiries into vulgar and common errors. II. Religio medici: with annotations and observations upon it. III. Hydriotaphia; or, Urn-Burial: together with The garden of Cyrus. IV. Certain miscellany tracts. With alphabetical tables, (London, 1686). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, PR3327.A1.C86.
Cartwright, Thomas, A confutation of the Rhemists translation, glosses and annotations on the Nevv Testament: so farre as they containe manifest impieties, heresies, idolatries, superstitions, prophanesse, treasons, slanders, absurdities, falsehoods and other evills. By occasion whereof the true sence, scope, and doctrine of the Scriptures, and humane authors, by them abused, is now given, (Leiden, 1618). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS2081.C2.
Cawdrey, Daniel, Diatribe triplex, or, A threefold exercitation: concerning 1. Superstition, 2. Will-worship, 3. Christmas festivall, with the reverend and learned Dr Hammond, (London, 1654). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BL490.C2.
Curzon, Henry, The universal library: or, Compleat summary of science: containing above sixty select treatises. In two volumes. I. Of theology, philosophy, metaphysicks, ethicks, oeconomy, religion, games used at ancient festivals, cosmography, elements, geography, hydrography, travel, government, chronology, history, laws, coins, medals, weights and measures, meteors, rarities, mankind in the different sexes of men and women, physick, chyrurgery, chymistry, cookery and dyet. II. Of animals, vegetables and agriculture, gems, metals, grammar and languages, hieroglyphicks, poetry, logick, rhetorick, musick, arithmetick, geometry, architecture, surveying, gauging, dyalling, navigation; the military art, fortification, gunnery, astronomy, astrology, augury, magick, mathematical magick, dreams and apparitions heraldry, painting, colours and dying, opticks, angling, fowling, inventions, ignorance in the ancients, and errors among the people. With divers secrets, experiments and curiosities therein, (London, 1712). SCOLAR@Newport Road: Ask at Desk. Carmarthen Collection, AG104.C8 1712.
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 : The 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.
Hammond, Henry, Of superstition, (Oxford, 1645). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BL490.H2 1645.
Hanmer, Meredith, The Iesuites banner : displaying their original and successe, their vow and othe, their hypocrisie and superstition.... with a confutation of a late pamphlet [by Robert Parsons] secretly imprinted and entituled: A briefe censure upon two bookes written in answeare to M. Campions offer of disputation, &c, (London, 1581), Salisbury WG30(1581).
Lacy, John, The strange and wonderful predictions of Mr. Christopher Love: minister of the Gospel at Lawrence Jury, London; who was beheaded on Tower-Hill, in the time of Oliver Cromwell, ... : With a most extraordinary prophecy of the late revolution in France ... : To which is annexed, the singular predictions of John Lacy, : Nixon's Cheshire prophecy at large, : and Baxter's corpse candles in Wales, (London, 1794). Salisbury WG30(1794).
Moore, Arthur W., The folk-lore of the Isle of Man: being an account of its myths, legends, superstitions, customs, & proverbs, collected from many sources; with a general introduction; and with explanatory notes to each chapter, (London, 1891). Salisbury WC5.M.
Parker, Robert, A scholasticall discourse against symbolizing with Antichrist in ceremonies: especially in the signe of the crosse, (Middelburg, 1607). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BV197.S5.P2.
Prynne, William, Canterburies doome. Or The first part of a compleat history of the commitment, charge, tryall, condemnation, execution of William Laud late Arch-bishop of Canterbury: Containing the severall orders, articles, proceedings in Parliament against him, from his first accusation therein, till his tryall: together with the various evidences and proofs produced against him at the Lords Bar, in justification of the first branch of the Commons charge against him; to wit, his trayterous endeavours to alter and subvert Gods true religion, by law established among us; to introduce and set up popish superstition and idolatry in liew thereof, by insensible degrees; and to reconcile the Church of England to the Church of Rome, by sundry Jesuiticall pollicies, practises: with his severall answers to those evidences, proofs, and the Commons reply thereunto. Wherein this Arch-prelates manifold trayterous artifices to usher in popery by degrees, are cleerly detected, and the ecclesiasticall history of our church-affaires, during his pontificall domination, faithfully presented to the publike view of the world, (London, 1646). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, DA396.L3.P7.
Roberts, Peter, The Cambrian popular antiquities : or, An account of some traditions, customs, and superstitions, of Wales ; with observations as to their origin, &c, (London, 1815). Salisbury WG7.R.
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, (London, 17??). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.
Stewart, William Grant, The popular superstitions and festive amusements of the Highlanders of Scotland, (Dublin, 1851). Salisbury WB5.S.
Tenison, Thomas, Of idolatry: a discourse, in which is endeavoured a declaration of, its distinction from superstition, (London, 1678), SCOLAR@Newport Road: Ask at desk, BL485.T3.
Wake, William, A discourse concerning the nature of idolatry: in which a late author's true and onely notion of idolatry is considered and confuted, (London, 1688). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX1766 .E55 1688.
Wilde, Lady, Ancient legends, mystic charms and superstitions of Ireland : with sketches of the Irish past, (London, 1888). Salisbury WA5.W.