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Digital Component #5: Visuals

The image presented is the title page to a 1520 printing of the Malleus Maleficarum, purportedly the 7th edition, printed in Cologne, Germany. This image is significant because it represents a rare version of the text: even though the Malleus Maleficarum was published in 1487, early copies are incredibly hard to come by. The English translation of the page’s Latin subheading, provided by Wikimedia Commons, reads: “The Hammer of Witches which destroyeth Witches and their heresy like a most powerful spear.” While the name of the artists and typesetters of the title page are unknown, it is most likely that any artists or workers involved in the creation of this edition were hired at the behest of the text’s publisher. This specific copy of the text is located in the University of Sydney’s Fisher Library Rare Books and Special Collections, within the W.H. & Elizabeth M. Deane Collection.

 

Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File: Malleus maleficarum, Köln 1520, Titelseite.jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Malleus_maleficarum,_K%C3%B6ln_1520,_Titelseite.jpg&oldid=252827282

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