Paris: Chez Jean de Nully, 1743. Hardcover. Small Octavo. (iv) xvi, 588 pp. Contemporary patterned calf boards; spine with raised bands and gilt titled labels; marbled endpapers, page edges tinted red. Text in French. The eleventh volume of a series collecting together accounts of celebrated and curious trials. The largest part of the book is devoted to a study of the "Histore du Connetable de Bourbon, juge comme regelle au Roi & a l'Etat" however there is a long chapter (84pp.) on "Condamnation d'une Fille accusée d'être Sorciere." This deals briefly with the trial of one Magdelaine Hodoul and at more length with that of Magdelaine de la Palud, a young woman who experienced convulsions and bouts of profanity, during which she confessed to having given herself to the devil "body and soul" and who in the process implicated a Priest, who confessed under torture and was subsequently burned alive.
Contents: "Histore du Connetable de Bourbon, juge comme regelle au Roi & a l'Etat", "Condamnation d'une Fille accusée d'être Sorciere," "Le Spectre, ou l'Illusion reconnuë", "Mariage fait à l'extrêmité, reprouvé", "Reclamation contre des Vouex." Boards rubbed with some light chafing, spine appears to have been reaffixed at some stage (an old and very professionally executed repair). Just a few spots of foxing. Overall a clean, solid copy, VG+ antiquarian condition. Item #55380