Monday, August 11, 2008

New Books Acquired

Graham has managed a couple of new literary acquisitions recently. Firstly is 'Pretended Inchantments' (sic), an account of a notable witchcraft trial in which Richard Hathaway (1696-1702) was tried for falsely accusing Sarah Moredike of bewitching him. He was found guilty. It includes extensive transcripts of the trial & represents the increasing scepticism about witchcraft that was held by judges at the beginning of the 18th century.
The next is 'Witches Frolic' (1888) by Thomas Ingoldsby which was mainly bought for the illustrations of Ernest M Jessop, copies of which we are hoping to use in the museum. Here are some examples.
We are hoping Friends of the Museum will be able to purchase them from Graham.

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