THESE three books on witchcraft and cognate matters afford an interesting contrast in method. The first deals objectively with facts, and thereby adds much to our knowledge; the third analyses familiar material from an original point of view as a psychological study; while the second may enlarge the readers ideas as to the extent of human credulity even in these days.
(1) Witch Hunting and Witch Trials: the Indictments for Witchcraft from the Records of 1373 Assizes held for the Home Circuit A.D. 1559–1736.
Collected and edited by C. L'Estrange Ewen, with an Introduction. Pp. xiii + 345 + 7 plates. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1929.) 21s. net.
(2) The Vampire in Europe.
By Montague Summers. Pp. xii + 330 + 8 plates. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1929.) 15s. net.
(3) The Devil: an Historical, Critical and Medical Study.
By Maurice Garçon Jean Vinchon. Translated by Stephen Haden Guest from the sixth French edition. Pp. 288. (London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1929.) 12s. 6d. net.