The Long Hidden Friend. John George. Edited and HOHMAN, Gemma Gary.

The Long Hidden Friend.

London: Troy Books, 2013. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 80pp. Original cloth with gilt titling to upper cover and spine, purple endpapers, ribbon marker. B&w illustrations. From the publisher: " 'The Long Hidden Friend' first appeared in 1820 in German as 'Der Lange Verborgene Freund' appearing later in English as Pow-Wows; or, Long Lost Friend. It is as a result of this book that the Dutch Pennsylvania tradition of folk-magic known as “Pow-Wow” became so named. It is a fascinating collection of traditional European folk-magical formulas for a wide range of spells, simple rituals, charms, talismans, bindings, prayers, benedictions, magical folk-healing, recipes and remedies for humans and animals as well as various non-magical ‘tips’ for matters or rural and domestic life. In editing this edition for Troy Books, Gemma Gary has arranged the formerly scattered and unstructured content into some order, organising the practices into the categories of Curative Arts, Animal Arts, Arts against Evildoers, Protective Arts and Propitious Arts; this final chapter detailing a diverse collection of magical and non magical practices for general success, good fortune, safety and well being in a number of areas including divination, games and gambling, hunting and legal matters. This edition is illustrated by Gemma’s line drawings, inspired by Dutch Pennsylvanian folk art, charms and traditional hex signs". From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label neatly tipped in at the rear. Harper is well- known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications. Appears unused thus in Fine condition. Covered in custom cut near Fine mylar cover. Item #65721
ISBN: 9781909602021