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Vampires and Demons. Calmet. 1746. First edition

CALMET, Dom Augustin. Dissertations sur les apparitions des anges, des démons & des esprits. Et sur les revenans et vampires. De Hongrie, de Bohème, de Moravie & de Silésie. 

Paris, De Bure l'Ainé, 1746.

12mo (160 x 94 mm), xxxvi-500-(4 : catalogue) pages.  binding : Contemporary full mottled calf, spine in six compartments, title in gilt on lettering-piece, red edges. Corners chipped.

First edition of this curious treatise on vampires and demons.
In the first part, Calmet wrote about demons, ghosts, lemurs, apparitions, incubi and succubi, witches, Sabbath ...
But this is the second part dealing with vampires that made controversial. Indeed the observed phenomena of vampirism in Eastern Europe were not known in France. Convinced by the number of concordant testimonies, Calmet defined the vampire as a dead man emerged from his grave to suck the blood of the living. He then advocated as a remedy, to take the body of the vampire, to separate his head from his body and drive a stake through the chest or to burn the body.

At the end, with a separate title page and continuous pagination is the "Dissertation sur ce qu'on doit penser de l'aaparition des esprits, à l'occasion de l'avanture arrivée à St-Maur. Paris. 1707".
Very good copy.

references: Coumont [p.113, C7.1], Dorbon [610], Caillet [I, 1964].

Price : 1450 €

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