Demonic Possession: the case of Madeleine Bavent 1878



Number 102 of 177 copies printed onto fine Holland paper

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The Case of

Madeleine Bavent


History of Madeleine Bavent, nun of the monastery of Saint-Louis de Louviers.

Rouen, Lemonnyer  1878 (this being the French language original publication of the text).

Textual reprint on the extremely rare edition of 1652. Preceded by a bio-bibliographic notice and followed by several additional items. Author: LOUVIERS. DESMARETS DE SAINT-SORLIN R.P. Jean.

The case of the possession of the Ursuline nuns, in particular of Madeleine Bavent and the trial and execution of Urbain Grandier, the involvement of the demons Astaroth, Beelzebub, Lucifer and Leviathan made the case infamous both for its lurid sexual nature and the scale of heresy.

The 1971 film ‘The Devils’ by Ken Russel conjures the accounts so well it was banned at release and is still a censored film.

Book Description:Octavo, introductory xlviii- text : 169 pp, Frontispiece of the actual convent and a further engraved plate showing the exorcism scene.

Half green pressed goatskin, raised bands,  original publishers printed paper wraps preserved in binding.

Lightly sunned spine. Learned annotations in pencil to historical sources in R. Yves Plessis ‘Sorcery: Demonic Possession’ 1900 by previous owner the demonologist  N.H.Guiata.

Rare reprint of the original 1652. Edition limited to 177 numbered copies: Number 102 on fine Holland paper.

Contains an interesting bibliography of various works concerning the possession of Louviers and more especially the demonic possession of Madeleine Bavent.

Book Condition: Fine, bookplate of previous owner ,the demonologist N.H.Guiata, with demonic figure. Ribbon marker.