Among the dark classics of esoteric witchcraft literature is Mario Guazzo’s inquistor’s handbook of 1608, Compendium Maleficarum. In addition to its contributions to the ‘sinister traditions’ of occult witchcraft, the pages of the book featured highly original woodcuts depicting the witches’ Sabbat and magical intercourse between the devil and his adorants. Emerging in one of the darkest periods of religious history, it remains a haunting artifact of both the hatred and phantasmagoric imagination of European Christendom.
Of the Witches Pacts with the Devil is a 24-page limited edition release from Three Hands Press, is Book 1, chapter 7 from the Montague Summers translation of Compendium Maleficarum, and features five of the original woodcuts. The book is a Three Hands Press exclusive, and is released in conjunction with the art exhibition WITCH-IKON in Seattle, opening October 5.
Designed by Daniel A. Schulke and Joseph Uccello, the book is printed in two color letterpress by San Francisco’s own Dependable Letterpress, and handbound by Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher of Pettingell Bookbindery, binder to XOANON Limited.
The softcover is 24 pages, printed in two-color letterpress, with a letterpress cover printed on brown card with French flaps. Limited to 350 hand-numbered copies in total.