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“TOWARD A DEFINITION OF THE DEVIL AS A MOTOR OF HISTORY”

(DEFOE, Daniel). The Political History of the Devil. London, 1726.

First edition of the first work in an important trilogy on the supernatural by Defoe, anonymously published in 1726, arguing that notions of the "Devil as a Person being in Hell, as a Place, are infinitely absurd and ridiculous," with engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Stern & Dess. $2500.

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“ESSENTIAL FOR THE FULL UNDERSTANDING OF DEFOE AND THE SUPERNATURAL”

DEFOE, Daniel [attributed to]. View of the Invisible World. London, 1752.

1752 edition, the first of three collected editions that “might almost be called new editions” of Defoe’s Essay on the History and Reality of Apparitions (1727), capturing his intense fascination with the occult, with four copper-engraved plates (including frontispiece), in contemporary calf. $1200.

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