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Lettres de Mr. de St. André, conseiller-medecin ordinaire du Roy; a quelques-uns de ses amis, au sujet de la magie, des malefices et des sorciers. Où il rend raison des effets les plus surprenants qu'on attribue ordinairement aux démons; & fait voir que ces intelligences n'y ont souvent aucune part; & que tout ce qu'on leur impute, qui ne se trouve ni dans l'Ancien, ni dans le Nouveau-Testament, ni autorisé par l'Eglise, est naturel ou supposé.

Paris: Chez Robert-Marc Despilly, libraire, 1725. First Edition. Full Calf. François de Saint André was medical counsel to King Louis XIV and author of treatises on various diseases and remedies. He wrote extensively about magic, spells and sorcerers, to prove that "the possessed and the sorcerers are often sick people in the midst of obsessions." He also describes the role of the Church, as not participating in the imagination and popularization of sorcery, demonology, and magic on the minds of the masses. In his mind, if the practice of subduing witchcraft is not in the Bible, then the Church should not endorse a position. Rather than inflating the notion of superstition, de Saint André suggests people be treated by medicines for their possessions. Scarce edition, excellent source on Rationalism and instances of early magic, occult, and sorcery in the 17th-18th century. This copy is in splendid condition with a lovely binding and endpapers. Very Good+. Tight, bright, and unmarred, superb copy. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands. 12mo., 8 unnumbered pages, 446 pages, 2 unnumbered advertising pages. With marble endpapers and marble fore-edge and imprinted with illustrated devices. Item #9292

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