Naples: Fratelli Raimondi, 1774.
First Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Very Good Condition. Item #046865
Contemporary parchment, stained, two light circular marks to cover, spine torn but binding sound. Scattered mostly minor foxing and staining internally. Lettera Sopra La Riforma... is separately paginated with a half title. xxxii, 230, (2), 14pp.
Originally written in 1743/44 and circulated in manuscript, Davanzati explains a rash of vampire reports as the delusions of the uneducated, though possibly delusions of a diabolical nature. It was one of the most influential views on vampires in the 18th century and was reprinted in 1784 and 1791. The first edition is scarce - just 7 copies in OCLC. Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Religion & Theology; Magic, Paranormal & Occult. Inventory No: 046865.