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Cajola, Germano.
Istruzione Sulla Morte-Apparente.

Mantua Dalla Tipografia di Francesco Agazzi: 1809.

"Sul mezzo piu sicuro di impedire la tumulazione dei vivi". A fascinating and rare guide to recognizing "false-death". The myth of false death, and the allied fear of being buried alive, grew rapidly in the 18th and especially the 19th century amidst a general misunderstanding of the processes the corpse undergoes after burial. These misunderstandings of such natural occurrences as corpse movement, preservation of tissues, and bloating and "reddening" (which also gave rise to the vampire legends) were combined in this period with a greater ability to recognize the few cases where "false-death" did actually occur. This study includes several case histories. Rare- no copies are listed on OCLC.

Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 112 pages. Bound in old paper-covered boards with a parchment spine. Spine head and base worn and chipped, general cover rubbing and a little soil. Contents with some spotting to the title page, but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 32980
Price: $ 750.00      

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