342G. Jean Hermant 1650-1726

La storia delle eresie, nella quale si descrive con ordine Alfabetico il nome, e la Vita degli Eresiarchi che hanno turbata la Chiesa dalla Nascita di Gesucristo fino a nostri tempi, e gli errori che vi hanno disseminati. Con un Trattato tradotto dal Latino di Alfonso de Castro, Il quale risolve molte Questioni generali intorno all’Eresia

Venezia: Appresso Francesco Pitteri, in Merceria all’Insegna della Fortuna Trionfante, 1735  $2,800

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3 duodecimo volumes: 14.4 x 8 cm. signatures: A-Z4 Aa-Zz4 Aaa-Lll4. pp. 448 first volume, pp. 432 them second one, pp. 450 (the last leaf is blank) the third volume. Text in Italian. Each of the three volumes are bound in full matching vellum binding, handwritten title at spine, marbled edges .

 Provenance: I.

Handwritten inscription to the first fly-leaf of volume I (partially erased), Continet hoc liber xxxx Delle Hesie (sic) Tom Primo | Pro Medarum Biblioteca | Pater Conradus | a | Castro S.ti Joannis | Dicavit | Amodo Rev.di Patres | Mon(a)st(e)ri | permissu. II. On the verso of the front fly-leaf of each volume, handwritten inscription Ad uso del P. Corrado di Castel S. Gio. dedicato alla Lit.a di S. Fra.sco di Medes con licenza del Sup.e Pro.le.

Hermant’s work on the heresies, was printed in Rouen for the first time in 1712 by the printer G. B. Besongne: after publishing the first book by the same author, Histoire des conciles (1695), Besogne realized that such a work had just partially satisfied the demand of the several priests scattered throughout the French countryside and decided to exploit the potential of the matter starting a association with Jean Hermant. This way, the French curate produced many works forming an out and out encyclopedia on the history of the Church that spread over France and the rest of Europe, as this actual edition testifies. This concise handbook on heresy collects the etymology of the word, its definition for the Catholic Church, the means for fighting against it and the description of many kinds of perversions from the first centuries till the end of 1600.

As Hermant writes in the first chapter of his work, the term heresy comes from a Greek utterance αἵρεσις meaning I choose: I choose with my own human reason, basing my decisions just on my logical faculty.

According to the Catholic Church, this is the first mistake made by heretics, who think that their own mind is capable of discriminating between truth and untruth, while instead this is possible only for God, who gives men the grace of the revelation.

Assuming this, Hermant affirms that the right interpretation of the Scriptures can only be given by the Church and its ministers, and that heresy had spread so much recently also because of the translation and personal reading of the Bible, promoted by Martin Luther and practiced by the followers of the Protestant Church. Indeed, after the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent, several “free thinkers” had uttered their disenchantment and outrage towards the Catholic customs and doctrine, suggesting new interpretations of the Holy Scriptures and different behaviours for the ministers of the Church. Besides the most recent forms of heresy, Hermant’s Storia delle Eresie gathers information on hundreds of cults and deviations that the Christendom had faced from the first centuries, like the Ebionites, that refused the preaching of St. Paul, or the Gnosticism, passing through the sects born in the Middle Age, to reach the XVI century and the famous reformers that led to the Protestant Reformation: Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin and Martin Luther.

Jean Hermant (Caen, 1650- Diocèse de Bayeux, 1725) was the curate of the little town of Maltot situated in the Basse-Normandie region, in the Northwestern France, land where he spent presumably all his life. Very little is known about his life, except that he was the author of a series of religious texts forming a complete and renowned encyclopedia of the history of the Church.

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Two Books on Dæmons by Thyreus

682J Petrus Thyraeus (1546–1601)

Daemoniaci, hoc est: De obsessis a spiritibus daemoniorum hominibus, liber unus: in quo Dæmonum obsidentium conditio: obsessorum hominum Status; rationeel & modi, quibus ab Obseßis Dæmones exiguntur: causæ item tune fifficilis exitus ipsorum, tum signorom quæ exituri relinquunt: locoa demique, quo egreßi tendunt, & his similia, discutiuntur & explicantur.

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Loca infesta, hoc est: de infestis, ob molestantes daemoniorvm et defvnctorvm hominvm spiritvs, locis, liber vnvs:in quo spirituum infestantium genera, conditiones, vires, discrimina, opera, mala quae viventibus afferunt ; rationes item quibus partim cognoscuntur, partim proscribuntur ; modi denique, quibus loca ab ipsorum molestia liberntur, his’que similia discutiuntur & explicantur. Accessit eiusdem Libellus de terricvlamentis nocturnis quae hominum mortem solent portendere.

)both( Coloniae Agrippinæ: ex officina Mater, Cholini, sumptibus Gosuini Cholini, 1598. . $5,700

Two Quarto volumes bound as one. 19.7 x 15.5 cm. Signatures ad I. (:)4(:)(:)², A-Z4 Aa-Bb4,Cc².  ad II. (:)⁴ (:)(:)⁴, A-Xx⁴ Bound in full vellum binding with gilt title on spine label; ownership notes, some of which deleted, on the title page of the first work. age toning throughout due to bad paper.

The Dæmonici is considered among the first scientific attempts to explain as well as define demonic possession (“obsession”) and exorcism .


The Local Infesta is an encyclopedia of Haunted and evil places including Purgatory, Hell and the Underground.

Daemoniaci is comprised of 58 Disputation divided into three sections in which he identifies the behavior “symptoms’ of which are and aren not indicative of dæmons , these are quite amusing analysis of deviant and not so deviant human behaviors, including , sleeping late, unpleasant demeanor or the speaking in unidentifiable languages or desiring raw meat.

Loca Infesta, is an encyclopedia of locals infested by deamons and malefactors, Thyæo relies upon not only historical authors such as Aristotle ,Moyses and Virgil but also modern (contemporary to him) authors including protestant, jews and heretics , Including Zwingli, Melanchthon,Cardanu… et c.

Belowtable of contents from the Dæmoniaci


ad I: DeBacker/Sommervogel vol. VIII col. 15 nº15.; BM STC Ger. C16th. p. 862. ; Caillet 10687.; Thorndike VII 368-9 (VD 16) T 1238.

ad II. DeBacker/Sommervogel vol. VIII col. 16 nº20; USTC 673124; Adams, T700; BnF FRBNF31468196; (VD 16) T 1247.


First edition. A very beautiful collection of emblems, written by a Belgian Jesuit. The illustration contains one frontispiece and 12 engaging plates which were engraved by engraved by Théodore Galle. Each one depicts the goddess “Occasio”which is the Latin name for Caerus, personification of opportunity whose comments and depicts both opportunity and neglected opportunity. A second part with continuous pagination, but its own title page with the printer mark of Plantin. “Occasio drama” .Which is a drama by the author embodying this thought process.

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David, Jan. (1545-1613)

Occasio Arrepta Neglecta. Huius Commoda: Illius Incommoda. Auctore R.P. Ioanne David Societatis Iesv Sacerdote.

Antwerp: Ex officina Platiniana, apud Ioannem Moretum. 1605. $4,500

Quarto, 8 x 6 in. First (and only)edition. +-++4, A-Z4, a-t4 This copy is bound in contemporary calf with the Jesuit insignia in gold on the boards.

Each of the12 full-page etched illustrations by Theodor Galle whose etchings shows the goddess Opportunity (Occasio), with long hair covering her face. This work is a moralistic emblem book regarding opportunity and neglected opportunity. The second part ‘Occasio’ is a drama by the author embodying this thought process. The play has a separate title page, with the same publication details.  David was born at Courtrai and entered the society of Jesuits in 1581 – The engraver Galle worked closely with the publisher Plantin-Moretus and was married to the daughter of Jan Moretus and Martina Plantin. He can be considered the “most important picture publisher of the first half of the 17th century in the Netherlands” (AKL XLVIII, 8).

Daly & Dimler Jesuit series ;part one: J.144 p.150. Sommervogel vol. II, 1847: 7.: Landwehr 186. De Backer/Sommervogel II, 1847.7. Bibl. Belgica II, D 139. Praz 313. Funck 302. Brunet II, 536:



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