The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire

Daniel Harms (Author)
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Description

You are holding in your hands the most famous book of magic written in America

Originally published in 1820 near Reading, Pennsylvania, under the German title Der Lange Verborgene Freund, this text is the work of immigrant Johann George Hohman. A collection of herbal formulas and magical prayers, The Long-Lost Friend draws from the traditional folk magic of Pennsylvania Dutch customs and pow-wow healers.

This is authentic American folk magic at its best--household remedies combined with charms and incantations to cure common ailments and settle rural troubles. The most well-known grimoire of the New World, this work has influenced the practices of hoodoo, Santeria, Paganism, and other faiths. In this, the definitive edition, you'll find:

  • Both the original German text and the 1856 English translation
  • More than one hundred additional charms and recipes, taken from the pirated 1837 Skippacksville edition and others
  • Extensive notes on the recipes, magic, Pennsylvania Dutch customs, and the origin of many of the charms
  • Indices for general purposes and ingredients
  • Explanations of the specialized terminology of illnesses

Whether your interest lies in folklore, ethnobotany, magic, witchcraft, or American history, this classic volume is an essential addition to your library.

Product Details

Price
$19.99  $18.39
Publisher
Llewellyn Publications
Publish Date
June 08, 2012
Pages
296
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780738732541
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About the Author

Daniel Harms (Upstate New York) holds two masters' degrees, one in anthropology and one in library and information science. His major area of research is magic from antiquity to the present, and he has been published in the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. Harms is also the author of two books on horror fiction and folklore.