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[AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC / GRIMOIRE]. Der lange verborgene Freund, oder Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht für Jedermann [...] nach ben Reding, in Elsass [i.e., Alsace] Taunschip, Berks Caunty, Pennsylvanien. Und nun auf Begehren zum drittenmal dedruckt by  Johann Georg Hohman - Hardcover - Stated Third Edition (but see below) - 1840 - from Michael Laird Rare Books LLC (SKU: 3270)

[AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC / GRIMOIRE]. Der lange verborgene Freund, oder Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht für Jedermann [...] nach ben Reding, in Elsass [i.e., Alsace] Taunschip, Berks Caunty, Pennsylvanien. Und nun auf Begehren zum drittenmal dedruckt

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[AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC / GRIMOIRE]. Der lange verborgene Freund, oder Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht für Jedermann [...] nach ben Reding, in Elsass [i.e., Alsace] Taunschip, Berks Caunty, Pennsylvanien. Und nun auf Begehren zum drittenmal dedruckt

by Hohman, Johann Georg

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Harrisburg, PA: s.n., 1840. Stated Third Edition (but see below). Very good. 12mo, 84 pp. Contemporary patterned paper over boards, contemporary sheep spine (binding worn but perfectly sound; damp-staining at the foot of the gutter for the first several gatherings; textblock a bit foxed as is true in all copies). Completely unsophisticated. The most famous folk magic and remedy book written in America, often referred to as the "Pow-Wow" book, first published in Reading in 1820, and with scattered Pennsylvania editions following throughout the 1820s and 1830s; it is still in print after 200 years. Regarding the present copy we are naturally drawn to the unsophisticated contemporary "Pennsylvania Dutch" binding: the pattered decorative paper which covers the pastepaper boards strongly resembles linen fabric; was it employed by the binder as a cheap alternative? Hohman's book, with its charms, recipes, terminology of illnesses, remedies for human and animal ailments, and magic formulae, continues to fascinate historians and "armchair" grimoire enthusiasts alike. There are nnnnnAn English edition was published as recently as 2012 ("The Long-Lost Friend: A 19th-Century American Grimoire," ed. Daniel Harms) and is described by the publisher thusly: "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." This Harrisburg 1840 edition is stated to be the "Third" but this is certainly in error; in does, however, precede the first English translation, and is not found in the AAS catalogue.

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Michael Laird Rare Books LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
3270
Title
[AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC / GRIMOIRE]. Der lange verborgene Freund, oder Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht für Jedermann [...] nach ben Reding, in Elsass [i.e., Alsace] Taunschip, Berks Caunty, Pennsylvanien. Und nun auf Begehren zum drittenmal dedruckt
Author
Hohman, Johann Georg
Book condition
Used - Very good
Quantity available
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Edition
Stated Third Edition (but see below)
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
s.n.
Place of Publication
Harrisburg, PA
Date published
1840

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Welcome to Michael Laird Rare Books, LLC. We specialize in fine and rare books, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, fine and historic bookbindings, and illustrated books of every description. Michael Laird is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), and the Appraisers Association of America (USPAP compliant, and AAA certified in the appraisal of Rare and Antiquarian Printed Books). Michael Laird earned his masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1989) and has more twenty years experience in the antiquarian booktrade. He is the principal Rare Book and Document appraiser at Winston Art Group (New York) and Gurr Johns (New York). Since 2002 he has taught advanced graduate level courses in Rare Books and Special Collections, most recently at the University of Texas at Austin (School of Information).We invite you to browse through a selection of our inventory: we strive to present the greatest historic detail and bibliographic accuracy, even for lesser priced - but no less interesting - items.We are happy to provide further images of any item: please inquire.Order with confidence: we select every item with great care and discernment; moreover, we examine every page of every book. We are always interested in purchasing fine and rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera; please inquire. We very much appreciate your interest in our work, and your patronage. Thank you!

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