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We have a special collections library and we have a 1584, Malleus maleficarium : ex plurimis authoribus coaceruatus / Jakob Sprenger.
Where can I find out how many copies were produced?
Thank you very much for this brilliant website. My name is Renaud Colson. I am a French legal scholar currently working on a book on cannabis. I have a question that you may be able to answer.
It is common place in the pot culture to claim that the use of medical cannabis was affected by the Papal Bull of Innocent VIII in which an association between herbal healers, witchccraft and cannabis was asserted. Yet I could not find anything so explicit in the Summis desiderantes affectibus bull. I am afraid I don’t have time to read carefully the whole Malleus Maleficarum. Do you know if the Treatise contain any clear reference to hemp and if so where?
Maybe this is all an urban legend (cannabis subculture has many of them) and I’d rather not perpetuate it if there is no evidence of it.