London: J. M., 1677. First Edition. Folio, bound in full contemporary speckled sheepskin, ruled in blind and date on spine, old repair to head cap, front joint starting, 11 1/8 x 7 1/8 in., 5 raised bands, pages clean, signatures very good, 346 pages, with RARE initial imprimatur leaf, tiny bookseller sticker rear paste down. John Webster was a preacher who studied metallurgy, medicine, admired astrology, alchemy, Rosicrucianism and mysticism. good. Item #5557914
Webster discusses the merits of witchcraft stating the more extravagant acts to be questionable certainly not a pact with the devil while natural magick to be more closely related to reality. He states that for charms to work was a case of suggestion and belief. He said for frogs to get into the stomach was a case of eating an apple with frog eggs. He believed Fludd & Agrippa were the great educated men who knew natural magick.