In honor of the spookiest month of the year, and I don’t just mean impeachment, I present to you, dear Wow Report readers, a lovely selection of pages from an 18th century demonology book with the full Latin title Compendium Rarissimum Totius Artis Magicae Sistematisatae per Celeberrimos Artis Hujus Magistros. My Latin is rusty, but basically: A Rare Summary of the Entire Magical Art by the Most Famous Masters of This Art.
The title page is adorned with skeletons and the warning of Noli Me Tangere (Do Not Touch Me). The watercolor illustrations depict a varied bestiary of grotesque demonic creatures up to all sorts of appropriately demonic activities: chewing on severed legs, spitting fire and snakes instead of sex organs, Plus parading with decapitated heads on sticks. There are pictures of necromancy, the act of communicating with the dead in order to gain information about, and possibly control, the future. Written in German and Latin the book is from around 1775, although it seems the unknown author tried to pass it off as older, mentioning the year 1057 on the title page.
All pictures from Wellcome Library, London, Creative Commons, public domain