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The Hammer of Witches, Jacob Sprenger, Henricus Institor

The Hammer of Witches (Latin: Mallēus Maleficārum, German: Hexenhammer) is a treatise on demonology and proper methods of prosecution and exposure of witches. The famous medieval treatise was written in Latin in 1486 by the Catholic Prior, Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer (ca. 1430 – 1505) (Latinized version – Henricus Institor) and first published in 1487 in the free city of Speyer. His co-author is the dean of the University of Cologne, inquisitor Jacob Sprenger (ca. 1436 – 1495). However, the work of Sprenger, apparently, was limited to only the introduction, called “The Author’s Apology”. Bullae Summis desiderantes affectibus by Pope Innocentius the 8th is included as a preface to The Hammer of Witches, giving full approval to the actions of the Inquisition to eradicate witchcraft. For two centuries, the book was considered as a direct guidance for action for inquisitors and was literally their handbook. There is a hard fateful story behind the book that caused thousands of innocent victims – exposed and murdered “sorcerers” and “sorceresses”.

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Language: Russian
Number of copies: 100 numbered copies
Format: 155 x 225 mm
Paper: designer paper (Holland, France)
Features: silk ribbon bookmark, manual-weaved tailband, goffering, gilt edge
Binding: genuine leather, handmade using classical old-school technology
Country of production: Russia
Age restrictions: 16+