Summers' essential work on lycanthropy and lycanthropes, their customs, habits, manners, and morals.
Very good plus in very good plus jacket.
"Werewolfery is hereditary or acquired; a horrible pleasure born of the thirst to quaff warm human blood, or an ensorcelling punishment and revenge of the dark Ephesian art."
First printing (stated) of this edition of Summers's essential werewolf reference, following after Baring-Gould's equally essential BOOK OF WERE-WOLVES, which Summers speaks of with a rare respect, "if not with agreement", O'Donnell's WERWOLVES, and a host of earlier treatises all ably discussed in the introduction. Originally published in 1933, THE WEREWOLF follows Summers's earlier THE VAMPIRE in taking a broad historical, folkloric, psychological, and literary perspective, though its geographical scope is more restricted (to Europe) for the reason that "werewolfery is of itself a vast subject" and impossible to treat of comprehensively on a global scale in a single volume. With Dr. H.J. Norman's brief essay on Witch Ointments, "those mysterious liniments which throughout the ages have played so large a part in the processes of witchcraft and werewolfery."
New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, (1966). 9'' x 6''. Original red cloth with black spine lettering and small werewolf stamped in black to front board. In original unclipped ($10.00) dust jacket. With seven black and white illustrations, including frontispiece. Toning to endpapers from newsprint previously laid in; previous owner's name in pen to front free endpaper. One page of diligent werewolf notes in blue pen to rear endpaper; text otherwise clean and unmarked
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