Written in English in 1590 from a German original which has been lost, this is the title page detailing the case of the "Werewolf of Bedburg". Translated from Germany the story tells of the crimes and execution of Peter Stubbe, (died 1589) a farmer from the Rhineland in modern day Germany. Detailing Stubbe as a serial killer, cannibal and werewolf, it is one of the most descriptive, violent and famous werewolf trials in history. During the trial and during torture, Stubbe confessed that he practiced black magic from the age of 12, and the Devil had given him a magical belt that enabled him to transform into "the likeness of a greedy, devouring wolf, strong and mighty, with eyes great and large, a huge body, and mighty paws." Stubbe also confessed that he had been transforming for 25 years, during this time described in lurid detail, he had gorged upon 14 children, the fetuses of two pregnant women, and had eaten the brain of his own son. After his violent and brutal execution, his head was placed on a pole.
A true Discourse of one Stubbe Peter. 1590
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"