1911. Paris: J. Chevrel, 1911.
Large 8vo, xxxii, 382,  pp. Engraved frontispiece and 14 other plates by Martin Van Maele, 54 woodcut vignettes by Eugène Dété. Three quarters crushed red morocco with marbled paper boards and endpapers, backstrip gilt with five raised bands tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Binding lightly rubbed, uncut edges toned, minor offsetting and foxing; a very good copy.
§ No. 23 of an edition of 300 numbered copies on Arches Vellum paper. A handsome copy of Jules Michelet's groundbreaking, sympathetic history of witchcraft, with erotic illustrations by Martin Van Maele and Eugène Dété. In La Sorcière, first published in 1862, Michelet (a republican and a pantheist and the historian who coined the term "Renaissance") proposed that women were the first discoverers of religion, science, and medicine, and that the witchcraft of the Middle Ages was a reaction to their increasing oppression under feudalism and the Catholic Church. Although his approach was highly imaginative, Michelet was one of the first historians to focus on the lives of ordinary women, and the first to provide a sociological explanation for the persecution of witches. Item #124165