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The Long-Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire Paperback – June 8, 2012
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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:
In this definitive version:
- 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
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. Visit him online at DanHarms.wordpress.com.
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However, I can't recommend the kindle version, which I've found almost impossible to work with. There are hundreds of footnotes (and you will want to read them) but they are not hyperlinked so you will have to navigate to the end of the book and then back, and you will have to do this numerous times on nearly every page. I find this slow and difficult, in fact nearly impossible. Footnotes are often a problem in kindle editions, but this is the first I've found where you're left to make your way to the back of the book without any help at all. This is an issue the publisher should decidedly address, because many people like myself will want the convenience of having a kindle copy as well as a print copy.