Three Prose Works; Miscellanies, Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme, Observations

Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1972. Hardcover. Thick 8vo. xlvi + 576 pp. Blue cloth with gilt titling and rules to spine; blind rule to fore edge of upper board; b&w diagrams, frontis, index, bibliography, appendix. Three prose works by John Aubrey (1626-97), the English antiquary, proto-archaeologist (he explored Stonehenge and "discovered" the henge at Avebury), and writer who is now most widely remembered for his "Brief Lives." Despite being reasonably prolific, his "Miscellanies" were the only of Aubrey's works published during his lifetime. An active Fellow of the Royal Society, Aubrey had an inquiring mind and was fascinated by the occult and supernatural, and 'Miscellanies' is a broad-ranging study, with sections on auspicious and inauspicious dates, omens, communications with angels, and magick, as well as a study of ‘second sight’ (the ability to foresee future events through divine inspiration) that is reputed to be the first treatment of the subject to appear in print. The chapter on "Magick" includes a few short references to witches and witchcraft: notably "Vervain and dill, Hinders witches from their will", and several stories recounting methods used to hinder witchcraft. The other two works: "Remaines of Gentilisme" and "Judaisme, Observations" are much as their titles suggest. Light scratch to cloth of upper board, light bumping to spine ends and edges; corners very lightly rubbed. Overall, a tight and bright VG+ copy in VG+ dust jacket. (Dust jacket a little rubbed, price clipped.). Item #8282
ISBN: 0809305674

Price: $50.00