Boston: Wiggin and Lung, 1867.
First Edition. Hardcover.
In the late seventeenth century, nineteen residents of Salem, Massachusetts—charged by their neighbors with practicing witchcraft — were hanged. Their accusers, for the most part good and respectable people living in an immensely superstitious age, were convinced their fellow townspeople were in complicity with the devil.
Charles W. Upham, a former mayor of Salem as well as the minister of the First Church of Salem and a U. S. congressman, painstakingly researched the history of the village and the notorious trials that took place there in 1692. This documented, detailed work was the first to organize the many records of this event into one account.
Upham not only supplies a wealth of information on the history of Salem and the legislative and economic problems of the settlement that helped set the stage for the trials, but also provides numerous details of local hostilities that sowed the seeds of suspicion, fear, and resentment among villagers and helped fuel the witch hunt.
In three parts:
- Part First – Salem Village
- Part Second – Witchcraft
- Part Third – Witchcraft at Salem Village
5-3/4 x 8-1/2”, green cloth over beveled board, deckled fore and bottom-edges, xl, 469pp, 558pp, folding map, supplement, appendix, illus.
Rear hinge cracked Volume 1, toning to edges of leaves, deckled edges a bit brittle with related edge-tears, staining to endpapers, wear to spine ends, clean of owner’s marks, cloth bright, map remarkably crisp, very good set.