Demonic Illustration from a Vintage 1800’s Occult Book

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Welcome to Day 24 of 25 Days of Vintage Hallowe’en Art!

Earlier this year when I was trying to build my Halloween art and ephemera collection (mostly for this series) I really tried to get creative in how to source my images. Most vintage Halloween stuff is just pricey, pricey, pricey and it didn’t make a lot of financial sense for me to spend that much $$ on the art. So I creatively thought – how about some old occult books? They are sure to have creepy demonic illustrations – yet sadly they are just as pricey as Halloween stuff – sometimes more so! One of the most famous occult books is The Dictionnaire Infernal by Collin de Plancy. The book sought to categorize the demons of the world – like a ‘dictionary’ of demons. Originally published in 1818, the book was revised several times, and in 1863 a collection of 69 illustrations were added of each demon:

Infernal Dictionary, or, a Universal Library on the beings, characters, books, deeds, and causes which pertain to the manifestations and magic of trafficking with Hell; divinations, occult sciences, grimoires, marvels, errors, prejudices, traditions, folktales, the various superstitions, and generally all manner of marvellous, surprising, mysterious, and supernatural beliefs.

For reals.

Long story short, I don’t have this book – it’s rare and totally out of my budget. Plus, once the initial novelty is over, what the heck would I do with a creepy book of demons?! I do have a different book that features several illustrations from the original, and this one is “The Demon Eurynome.” You can find the whole book digitized online right here – perfect Halloween creepiness!!

The Demon Eurynome from the 1818 Occult Book The Dictionnaire Infernal

The Demon Eurynome from the 1800's Occult Book The Dictionnaire Infernal - click for larger printable art

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