Inspiration for the Salem Witchcraft Trial? [Trial]. Cullender, Rose [d. 1665], Defendant. Duny, Amy [d. 1665], Defendant. Hale, Sir Matthew [1609-1676], Judge. A Tryal of Witches, At the Assizes Held at Bury St. Edmonds for the County of Suffolk; On the Tenth Day of March, 1664. Before Sir Matthew Hale Kt. Then Lord Chief Baron of His Majestie's Court of Exchequer. Reprinted Verbatim from the Original Edition of 1682. With an Appendix. Only 100 Copies Printed. Printed at Charles Clark's Private Press, Great Totham, Essex. London: Longman and Co., Paternoster-Row; And P.H. Youngman, Maldon, Essex, 1835. 29,  ff. Text followed by advertisement leaf. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed blue stiff wrappers, spine reinforced with cloth tape, corners restored. Moderate rubbing and some creases to wrappers. Title printed in blue, advertisement leaf printed in red, text printed on versos of leaves. Light toning to text, light wear to corners of text block, faint dampspotting to a few leaves. $950. * A Tryal of Witches is an account of the Lowestoft Witchcraft trial conducted at Bury St. Edmonds. Cullender and Duny who were two elderly widows who lived in Lowestoft. They were accused of witchcraft by their neighbors and faced thirteen charges of the bewitching of several young children. They were tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1603 by the eminent judge Sir Matthew Hale. Found guilty of all the charges, the women were hanged in Bury St. Edmunds a week after the trial. Well-known in its day, this remains the most famous English witchcraft trial because it was, thanks to this account, well-documented. Also, it involved many leading jurists and experts of the day, most notably Thomas Browne, a physician who presented one of the earliest examples of psychiatric testimony as an expert witness. Some experts believe this account inspired the Salem Witchcraft trials. Indeed, Browne's testimony was quoted at that trial by Cotton Mather. OCLC locates 4 copies, 1 in North America (Yale Law School). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 6:693.
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