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. William MEINHOLD, Lady Duff Gordon.
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.

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: John Murray, 1844. First English Language. Hardcover. Small octavo. xii + 172pp. Later quarter cloth over (original?) marbled boards, speckled page edges. The first English language edition of this great literary deception. The manuscript of the book was supposedly written by a 17th century German pastor, and recounts the saga of his daughter, who was falsely accused and convicted of witchcraft. The Reverend Johann Wilhelm Meinhold claimed to have found the manuscript in an old Church, and having edited it, had it published. The work attracted widespread attention, and was hailed as an authentic and highly readable account of the witch mania in the German states. Other editions - including this English language one - soon followed. However not long after the Reverend Meinhold announced that it was a fake - and that he in fact was the author of the whole work, which he had supposedly written to expose the shallowness of textual criticism and interpretation as part of an ongoing dispute over its application to the Bible. Despite his revelation the book remained popular, and many refused to accept that it was indeed a hoax. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, although not marked as such. Light rubbing and bumping to edges, pages edges darkened, endpapers unevenly browned and foxed, some light scattered browning and foxing throughout. Still a tight, unmarked VG+ copy. Item #62193

Price: $125.00