The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology (Rossell Hope Robbins)


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First published in 1959.  This is still the most authoritative and comprehensive body of information about witchcraft and demonology ever compiled in a single volume. It has been lavishly acclaimed in academic and popular review.

“This prodigy of scholarship betrays the bloody fingerprint of truth on every page” (London Pectatori) Outstripping current crime stories and whodunit fiction for blood curdling gory details and sheer suspense reading” (Springfield Republican) “A prodigious and brilliant production” (Renaissance News) “The rare encyclopedia that one could read with continuous pleasure”….A  brilliant job” (Washington, D. C. News) “It is listed as the standard reference in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Here is a full-scale compendium of fact, history and legend about every phase of this fascinating subject from its origins in medieval times to its last eruptions in the eighteenth century. Accompanying the text are 250 illustrations, many published here for the first time from rare books contemporary prints and old manuscripts.

Rossell Hope Robbins took his doctorate at Cambridge University in 1937 and is an acknowledged authority on witchcraft, In 1979 he wrote the definitive introduction to the huge catalogue of the Witchcraft Collection at Cornell University Library, also published separately. He has held many major teaching positions at such institution as the University of North Carolina, Sir George Williams University (Montreal), University of California at Berkeley and at Riverside, Mount Allison University, Duke University, and currently as International Professor at the State University of New York at Albany.

He was a Commonwealth Fellow of America, Guggenheim Fellow, Canada Council Professor, and has had grants from the Modern Language Association of America and from the American Council of Learned Societies. He has served as Chairman of the Middle English Division of the MLA, President of the Medieval Club of New York, research associate at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and has lectured extensively on medieval topics and on witchcraft at universities throughout America, Canada, England, Holland, Finland, Germany, Austria, Pakistan, and Japan.

He has written twelve books and nearly 200 articles. Dr. Robbins is one of the half dozen Americans ever elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (1958); his full vita is given in Who’s Who in the World. Dr. Robbins resides in Saugerties, New York, with hi wife and two Siamese cats (one a Lilac

1981 edition, Bonanza Books, New York.

557+ pages, hard covers with dust jacket.