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On witches & witchcraft... precursor to the Salem witch troubles... from Boston...



Item # 646949

March 31, 1690

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY: RESOLVING WEEKLY ALL THE MOST NICE AND CURIOUS QUESTIONS PROPOS'D BY THE INGENIOUS, London, March 31, 1690  Notable title that used a question-answer format. Among the front page questions is: "Whether there be Witches? and what good Books have been written on that Subject?" with an interesting & lengthy answer carrying over to the back page. This question has a rare reference, even though oblique, to the Salem witch troubles in New England, with a ftpg. mention: "...some instances agreeing still in the main, both in Africa, Asia, Europe and America..." and then on the back page is even more specific reference with: "...add to this the late account from New England..." (see).
This is a very early issue of this title, and one of very few with this lengthened title. The title would soon become just The Athenian Mercury.
A single sheet, good condition.

Item from Catalog 271 (released for June, 2018)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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