The Wonders of the Invisible World (1693)

I can tell the name of an ancient author, who pretends to show the
way, how a man come to walk about invisible, and I can tell the name
of another ancient author, who pretends to explode that way. But I will
not speak too plainly lest I should unawares poison some of my readers.
This much I will say; the notion of procuring invisibility, by any natural
expedient yet known is I believe a meer plinyism; how far it may be
obtained by magical sacrament is best known to the dangerous
knaves that have try’d it.

—Cotton Mather

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