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Dictionnaire infernal, tome 1

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What sets de Plancy’s work apart is his frighteningly surreal illustrations—the devils that make up his occult bestiary are some of the most evocative in the history of demonic literature.

For a thousand different people they will have the same result; and consulted twenty times about the same subject, they will produce twenty contradictory productions" (p. Or there is Amduscias, in “the form of a unicorn”, to whose voice “the trees bow”, and who “commands twenty-nine legions. Indeed it was not just a plebeian name, but one with positively republican associations, for Collin de Plancy’s maternal uncle was none other than George Danton, the radical president of the Committee on Public Safety who, like so many of his fellow Jacobins, ultimately found his severed head looking up at the guillotine blade one morning in the month of Germaine. By the sixth edition of the Dictionnaire Infernal, published in 1863, whether influenced by his conversion or simply thanks to extra resources, de Plancy included illustrations. By the end of 1830 he was an enthusiastic Roman Catholic, to the consternation of his former admirers.citation needed] In later years, De Plancy rejected and modified his past works, thoroughly revising his Dictionnaire Infernal to conform with Roman Catholic theology. There is Eurynome, who has “long teeth, a frightful body full of wounds, and a fox skin for clothing. It also covered a wide range of topics related to the occult, such as magic, divination, grimoires, folklore, and superstitions.

L. MacGregor Mathers’ The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon, a famous grimoire that describes how to summon and control 72 demons. As if le Breton’s rendition of the beast wasn’t terrifying enough, Collin de Plancy reminds us that this nightmare creature “knows the past and the future”. Both kinds of book are partisans of a Platonist philosophy that sees a type of word magic as being able to enact transformations in real life.All together, across nearly six hundred pages, Collin de Plancy provided entries for sixty-five different demons, including favorites from the pages of Dante, Milton, and others, such as Asmodeus, Azazel, Bael, Behemoth, Belphégor, Belzebuth, Mammon, and Moloch. One thing that should be added is a table of contents, you must flip through to look for a specific demon or go through an entire section of the book to see if their in it, adding a table of contents would make it much easier but an index could be written on the 2 blank pages at the end.

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