The De Lamiis, was first published in 1489, and had at least five other editions before 1500. It is one of the earliest works published on witchcraft, and the first ever to be illustrated. The book is written in the form of a dialogue between the author and the dedicatee, the Archduke Sigismund of Austria, who doubts the existence of witches. At a time when complete theories around witchcraft were yet to be established, the author defended the belief in the powers of the Devil and his ability to trick the human mind. This book is an exact photographic reproduction of the original 1489 edition that was printed in Reutlingen by Johan Otmar. The original printing size was kept. Wierus Press is specialized in the reproduction of rare works related to the occult, religion and philosophy and the history of science.
Born in Germany around 1442, Ulrich Molitor studied in Basel before moving to the University of Pavia. He went on to become a professor of Law at the University of Constance.