1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.
1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.

1885 Rare Book - Demonology and Witchcraft - Witches and Fairies by Sir Walter Scott.

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Author: Scott, Sir Walter.
Title: Letters on DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT. With an introduction by Henry Morley.
Publisher: London, Georges Routledge and Sons, 1885. Second Routledge Edition (stated).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8 " X 5.5 ". 
Pages: 320 pages.
Binding: Good original quarter hardcover binding over cloth covers (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed and worn - as shown, spine slightly darkened - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing or staining mainly on the last pages and the outer edges - as shown). 

The book : Rare Victorian second Routledge edition of Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft in his original binding. -- In ill health following a stroke, Sir Walter Scott wrote Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft at the behest of his son-in-law, J. G. Lockhart, who worked for a publishing firm. Letters was written when educated society believed itself in enlightened times due to advances in modern science. Letters, however, revealed that all social classes still held beliefs in ghosts, witches, warlocks, fairies, elves, diabolism, the occult, and even werewolves. Sourcing from prior sixteenth- and seventeenth-century treatises on demonology along with contemporary accounts from England, Europe, and North America (Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi, for one), Scott's discourses on the psychological, religious, physical, and preternatural explanations for these beliefs are essential reading for acolytes of the dark and macabre; the letters dealing with witch hunts, trials (Letters Eight and Nine), and torture are morbidly compelling. Scott was neither fully pro-rational modernity nor totally anti-superstitious past, as his skepticism of one of the "new" sciences (skullology, as he calls it) is made clear in a private letter to a friend. Thus, Letters is both a personal and intellectual examination of conflicting belief systems, when popular science began to challenge superstition in earnest.


The author: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor.


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