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Illustrated book of demons

Asmodeus, a King of Demons from the Dictionaire Infernal

Louis Le Breton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jacques Collin de Plancy’s 1818 book Dictionnaire Infernal contained a list of demons, part of a long tradition of grimoires and demonology texts like the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (1577) and the Lesser Key of Solomon (mid-17th century).

What made it stand out were the illustrations: the 1863 edition contained pictures of Behemoth (a bipedal elephant), Moloch (a cow-headed king), Bael (a spider with the head of a man, a frog, and a cat), and sixty-six others.

Categories: Arts & recreation Literature Religion & belief

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