The History of Leith

June 26, 2007

Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland

A collection of over 400 volumes, covering witchcraft, demonology and erotica, formed by the Scottish archaeologist Alexander Keiller (1889-1955), and presented by his widow, Gabrielle, in 1966. The books are British, continental and American publications, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century, though the emphasis is on works published during the 16th and the 17th century, when the persecution of people suspected of witchcraft was at its height. The earliest work in the collection is Ulrich Molitorýs De Lamiis et Phitonicis Mulieribus (Reutlingen, 1489), which has a woodcut illustration of witches in flight. Other first editions include Jean Bodin De la Demonomanie des Sorciers (Paris, 1581), Joseph Glanvill Saducismus Triumphatus (London, 1681), and one of the two 1603 editions of James VI and Iýs Dýmonologie.

Demonology and Witchcraft Exhibition at the National Library of Scotlandý, Edinburgh Tatler, 9, no. 71 (March 1967).


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