by John Beaumont, 1705
Book Condition : Good
London: Printed for D. Brown et. al.  400pp. First Edition. Internally the book is in fair condition – heavy age toning to pages, scattered foxing, with dulling to first and final pages, plus vintage owner names inked to verso of frontis. At some point a censorious hand has inked out the genitals of “evil genius” in frontis, circular damp stain to top edge of last thirty pages, last page has loss at bottom edge, slightly affecting text. The book is handsomely rebound recently, and the exterior is in Very Good condition.
Beaumont not only wrote of spirits, but describes in this volume his own woeful first hand experience as a victim of a band of malevolent immortals.
An Historical, Physiological and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices Containing an Account of the Genii or Familiar Spirits, both Good and Bad, that are said to attend Men in this Life; and what sensible Perceptions some Persons have had of them; (particularly the Author’s own Experience for many Years.)
Also of Appearances of Spirits after Death; Divine Dreams, Divination, Second Sighted Persons, etc. Likewise the Power of Witches, and the reality of other Magical Operations, clearly asserted. With a Refutation of Dr. Bekker’s “World bewitch’d”; and other Authors that have opposed the Belief of them.”
John Beaumont (c.1640-1731), English physician, natural philosopher and occultist. Concerning genii, seers, spirits and oracles, this treatise was by far his most accomplished work. A n appreciation of the continental scholarship on witchcraft is apparent throughout, though most explicitly in the final chapter, which forms a counter blast to Balthasar Bekker’s critical De Betooverde Weereld (Amsterdam, 1691).