1863: Dictionary of Hell

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Entries from the 1863 edition of Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal:

Amduscias: Grand-duc aux enfers. Il a la forme d’une licorne; mais lors-qu’il est évoqué, il se montre sous une figure humaine. Il donne des concerts, si on les lui commande; on entend alors, sans rien voir, le son des trompettes et des autres instruments de musique. Les arbres s’inclinent à sa voix. Il commande vingt-neuf légions.

Malphas: Grand président des enfers, qui apparaît sous la forme d’un corbeau. Quand il se montre avec la figure humaine, le son de sa voix est rauque; il bâtit des citadelles et des tours inexpugnables, renverse les remparts ennemis, fait trouver de bons ouvriers, donne des esprits familiers, reçoit des sacrifices et trompe les sacrificateurs : quarante légions lui obéissent.

Amduscias: Grand duke of Hell. He has the form of a unicorn; but when he is summoned, he shows himself in the guise of a human being. He gives concerts when so commanded: one hears, while seeing nothing, the sound of trumpets and other musical instruments. The trees bow to his voice. He commands twenty-nine legions.

Malphas: Great president of Hell, who appears in the form of a raven. When he appears in human guise, the sound of his voice is hoarse; he builds citadels and impregnable towers, overthrows the enemy’s ramparts, brings together good workmen, hands out familiars, receives sacrifices, and deceives the priests. Forty legions obey him.

The illustrations are by Louis Breton and engraved by M. Jarrault.

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