“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Boguet's Discours des Sorciers (1610)

I'm going to be posting occasional blogs devoted to rare and unusual books available online, just because it is fun and interesting. The first is a vicious little book on hunting witches. I am not affiliated with the seller and am not endorsing them or suggesting you buy the book - this is for information purposes only.

Boguet, Henry. Discours des Sorciers avec Six Advis en Faict de Sorcelerie, et une Instruction Pour un Juge en Semblable Matière: Par Henry Boguet Dolanois, grand Juge en la terre SOyan de Joux, dicte de S Claude au Compte de Bourgongne.

Hardcover. 8vo. (4 1/2" x 6 1/2") Contemporary limp vellum wrappers, with title hand letter on spine in brown ink. (xxiv) + 552 pages (Discours) + (vi) ((+ ii blank) + 1 - 93pp (Six Advis) + (i-iii) 32pp (Instruction pour un Juge) + (lvi) (Table des Matieres-Discours) + (vi ) (Table des Matieres- Instruction) (+ ii blank) Wood-cut on title page. Fresh endpapers. One of the most notorious of the early witch-hunting texts. The author of the work, Henri Boguet (1550-1619), was a respected judge and the President of the Tribunal in St Claude in the Jura region of France. He gained a reputation for the cruelty and zeal of his persecutions, and is personally said to have pronounced or confirmed the death sentence on over six hundred 'witches.' His Discours des Sorciers became one of the standard text books of witch-hunting in France. The book contains a significant amount of witch lore, much obtained under torture, with much on the Sabbat and the sexual relations that allegedly took place between witches and their demonic masters - a subject which seemed to hold a particular fascination for Boguet. The work is also famous as one of the earliest published sources on werewolves - based on Boguet's first hand observations. Vellum wrappers somewhat bowed and quite darkened. Handlettering on spine just legible. Contemporary owner's name on title page, and a couple of small, neat annotations in the margins. Corners of some leaves folded or rounded, a little light browning and a few faint, old damp-marks to some pages, but otherwise the pages are fresh and supple, the type clearly legible. Collated and complete. A VG+ copy of a rare and important work.
Book Price:
US$ 4775.30

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