Protection against witchcraft and demons through the name and attributes of Jesus Christ. Woodcuts and letterpress, 159-.
- Rocha, Bartholomaeus, active ca. 1596
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Each of the two woodcuts shows in the centre the IHS monogram of the name of Jesus, the Cross, and the three nails of the Passion. Around the border are the words "Laudo nomen Domini" (I praise the name of the Lord). The letterpress is a conjuration, in the first person ("ego conjuro vos daemomnes infernales, & spiritus malignos"), invoking the powers of the Holy Trinity against all powers of witchcraft to take possession of anybody or to molest them, whether through incantations or the actions of evil men or women. The speaker then annuls and destroys, in the name of God, all bonds imposed by such means, whether instructions, worship, suffumigation, herbs, words, stones, etc. Finally the speaker commands that diabolic force be extinguished and expelled through the holding of the Cross and the invocation of angels, martyrs etc. The woodcuts contain the antidiabolic features mentioned in the letterpress (name of Jesus, Holy Cross, etc.)
Oratio contra omnes; tum maleficorum, tum daemonum incursus. ... Bartholomaeus Rocc. de Palermo inq. Taurini vidit, permittitque ut imprimatur.
1 print : woodcut, with letterpress ; sheet 18.3 x 14 cm
Wellcome Library no. 32458i