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Book Number 4923 
Author Darrell, John 
Title A Detection of that Sinnful, Shameful, Lying and Ridiculous Discours of Samuel Harshnet, entituled: A Discoverie of the Fraudulent Practices of John Darrell 
Date c. 1600 
Publisher Imprinted 
Place of Publication London  
Edition First edition.  
Volume Information  
Cover Full recent calf with blind tooled rulings. Spine in six compartments of raised bands with gilt title on 2. Top side gilted. Marbled free and pasted end papers. 
Size 8vo (182x125mm). 
Condition Very good copy. First few leaves extended. Text is predominantly clean.  
Provenance Ex Libris Isabel Somerset Reigate Priory Lady Henry Somerset (nee Lady Isabella Caroline Somers-Cocks; 1851-1921) was a British philanthropist, temperance leader and campaigner for women’s rights. She was maternally a niece of photographer Julia Margaret 
Pagination P. Title, Blank, To the Reader (1-8), 3-208, lacking only the leaf of Advertisment at the end.  
Translation Info  
Notes Darrell (1562-1602) was one of England’s most famous exorcists. His career was highly controversial at the time; one of his first exorcism clients admitted fakery was involved, and his continued practice drew criticism from prominent members of society. This work is part of a pamphlet war that raged between Darrell and one of his chief accusers, Samuel Harshnett, who would become the Archbishop of York. In 1599 Darrell was questioned at Lambeth Palace, pronounced an imposter, defrocked, and given a year in jail. The remainder of his life was passed in obscurity, with copies of his book being burned, making this a very rare volume.  
Price (US$) 4750  
Short Description Book Occult; Book Europe England;  
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