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BEKKER, Balthasar (1634--1698)
[De betoverde weereld. Part 1. English. 1700]
The world turn'd upside down: or, a plain detection of errors, in the common or vulgar belief, relating to spirits, spectres or ghosts, dæmons, witches, &c. In a due and serious examination of their nature, power, administration, and operation. In what forms or shape incorporeal spirits appear to men, by what means, and of what elements they take to themselves, and form appearances of bodies, visible to mortal eyes; why they appear, and what frights and force of imagination often delude us into the apprehensions of supposed phantasms, through the intimidation of the mind, &c. Also what evil tongues have power to produce of hurt to mankind, or irational creatures; and the effects men and women are able to produce by their communication with good or evil spirits, &c. Written at the request of a person of honour, by B.B. a Protestant minister for publick information.
London: printed for Eliz. Harris, 1700.
[80], 264 p. ; 16.5 cm. (12º)

B.B. = Balthasar Bekker. Dutch original first published in 1691, in four parts. This translation, first published in 1695 as The world bewitch'd, vol. I, was made from a French translation which first appeared in 1694; the present is a reissue of the sheets of the 1695 edition with cancel title-page, presumably issued once it became clear that the translation of parts II--IV was not forthcoming. Wing B1781A. ESTC r229050.

Copy Notes Price in pencil on front free-endpaper 2/.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, blind-ruled borders with additional roll-tool parallel to spine, gilt-and blind-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 333


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