The Book of Witches
by Oliver Madox Hueffer
The Book of Witches is not an 'exhaustive treatise on witches and witchcraft' but rather 'a picture from which a general impression may be gained'. Oliver Madox Hueffer shows where witches have comes from and why, 'what she was and is,.. how necessary she is and must be to the happiness of mankind, and how great the responsibility of those who, disbelieving in her themselves, seek to infect others with their scepticism'.
Divided into 16 chapters, Hueffer explores a variety of subjects within witchcraft, from witches' attributes to representations of witches in England, Rome and Greece, as well as persecutions of witches, philtres, charms and potions, and modern witches in the 19th century.