London: Methuen & Co., 1904.
First Edition. Hardcover. In this fantastically infernal and impishly illustrated treatise on demonology, the British ecclesiologist James Charles Wall (1860–1943) explores all things demonic, including: the origins and history of devils, not only in Judeo-Christian theology but in classical paganism, Persian mythology, East and South Asian religions, and art history, the organization of devils and “the distribution of the satanic embassies,” the geography of Hell, the names of demons (both biblically and in 14 languages from around the world), legends of demons and the proverbs pertaining to them, ending, of course, in a study of exorcism, illustrated throughout in 50 fiendish figures.
9" X 6". x, 152pp, plus 40pp publisher's advertisements. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. Bound in full scarlet cloth over boards, ruled in gilt and lettered in kind to upper board and spine. Mild wear to binding, with small stain to upper board's lower edge, bumping and rubbing to extremities, and small tears to dimmed and darkened spine. Hinges a touch tender; binding remains sound. Foxing to pages throughout, else unmarked. Illustrated in 50 devilish and demonic figures. Good. Item #12730