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 thie Life; amd what sensible Perceptions some Persons have had of them: (particularly the Author’s own Experience of many Years.) Also of Appearances of Spirits after Death; Divine Dreams, Divinations, Second Sighted Persons, &c. 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. - Jonh (John) Beaumont, Gent. 1705 - Printed for D. Browne, London - First Edition With engraved frontispiece by Michael Van der Gucht of ‘An Evil Genius’, ‘Two Good Genii’, and ‘Jews going out in the Moonshine to know their Fortune’.

John Beaumont, a British surgeon and geologist, ‘was a man of considerable reading, of excessive credulity, and a firm believer in supernatural agency. His principal and certainly most curious performance,
An Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts is written in an amusing, gossiping style, and abounds with grotesque tales and illustrations from little-known authors. His personal experience of spirits, good and bad, was long and varied (pages 91-4, 393-7); but he innocently contrives to lessen the effect of his narration by adding that in their frequent visitations “all would disswade me from drinking too freely”’ - Dictionary of National Bibliography.
  Provenance: Thomas James Hatfield, of Manchester ( -1819) with his armourial bookplate (’Metuo Sed Timidus Non Sum’). Sold at auction in 1820 by Robert Saunders, auctioneers of Poet’s Gallery, Fleet Street - lot 189 (see Catalogue of the Library of Thomas James Hatfield, Esq.). Later initialled bookplate of B.G.S. Additional initials and removed contemporary name to title page.

Octavo (13x19.7 cm), pp. [1] [Frontis] [2] [3 dedication] [1] [6 ‘
To the Reader’] [3 ‘The Contents’] [1 ‘Errata’] 400 [2].
  In contemporary panelled calf, later morocco spine with burgundy morocco spine label lettered in gilt, corners with early repair, and later endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, soiling to top edge, minor toning and faint spotting, in very good binding, with rubbing to boards, and wear to corners.   Ref: 108619   Price: HK$ 17,000