De Spectris, lemuribus et magnis,  par Ludwig Lavater

EDITION : Chez Gorichemi, Ex officina Pauli Vink , 1683

 

Source: Collection  privée, avec aimable autorisation de son propiétaire.

Bound in full vellum. 313 pages; Size 5 ½” x 3½”. Small crack at top of Front hinge. Spine a little worn with small lack of the cap at bottom but overall a solid book. Trace of moisture staining with the higher corner of the pages; soiled interior with pages browning; black endpapers added. No pencil markings or name plate. All 313 pages of text are present. Four of the seven copper plates are present in book. Text is in Latin.

Ludwig Lavater (1527-1586) a Protestant minister of Zurich first published this treatise on Lemures, ghost shades of the dead in 1570. He maintains that the many of these apparitions are not the souls of the dead but the work of demons. Caillet describes this work as a "curious and rare book on specters, lemurs, etc. [that are caused by] demons, on apparitions and phantoms, on diabolic and familiar spirits, and on the marvellous happenings which often precede a death and sometimes follow it."