Bibliotheca Curiosa. Magic Plants, Being a Translation of a Curious Tract Entitled De Vegetablius Magicis,

Bibliotheca Curiosa. Magic Plants, Being a Translation of a Curious Tract Entitled De Vegetablius Magicis,

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[Heucher, M. J. H.] Edinburgh: Privately Printed, 1886. 39pp. 3 signatures. Edited by Edmund Goldsmid. Paper cover in printed parchment wrap. Printed by E&G Goldsmid. Edition limited to 275 copies. Ex-libris Marshall Laird sticker on inside font cover. Covering slightly chipped around spine and corners but still intact. Slight foxing on some pages and end papers burned where exposed to cover paper at front and back.

Appendix....Confessions of Witches Under Torture.

Written in Latin in the 18th century, this copy was printed by E&G Goldsmid in Edinburgh in a limited edition.

A sweet little treatise on herbs and plants-as-medicine. The author is clearly in a quandry as to whether or not it's suitable to use magic plants. The history of magic plants is examined (to include the Egyptians) and ultimately a conclusion is reached. Spoiler alert: magic plants are awesome.

Also contains the "Confessions of Witches Under Torture," dated July 4, 1617. It is basically a bunch of unfortunate ladies saying that a strange man gave them magic powders and then took them to a series of rad parties. One time he was a goat. One time he was a dog on its hind legs. This seems plausible.

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