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Long Lost Friend

The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire

4 stars
Johann George Hohman; ed. Daniel Harms (1820; Llewellyn Publications, 2012)

Review:

A goodly scholarly treatment and reprinting of the most famous American book on spells and herbal remedies — the authentic, early 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch grimoire The Long Lost Friend. Edited with added spells from alternative versions by anthropologist Daniel Harms, and a foreword by Esoteric Archives curator Joseph H. Peterson.

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Greek Magical Papyri

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume 1

4 stars
2nd edition, trans. by Hans Dieter Betz (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

Review:

The title word “Demotic” isn’t a typo of demonic: That material is Coptic. The illustrated main corpus is a collection of 2nd-century B.C.E. to 5th-century C.E. Egypto-Greco-Roman magical spells, rituals, and invocations from ancient papyrus spellbooks, many of them found in the tomb of a magic man in Thebes. Also known as the Papyri Graecae Magicae, or PGM.

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Etruscan Roman Remains

Etruscan Roman Remains

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (Cosimo Classics, 2007)

Review:

A facsimile copy of the folklorist’s authentic 1892 masterwork revealing the beliefs, customs, deities, formulas, recipes, rites, and spells practiced and prized by 19th-century Witches in Tuscany. Written by the President of the Gypsy-Lore Society, this classic is the only book to list names of pesky daimons that plague lonely men and women, etc.

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Key of Solomon

The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Solomonis)

4 stars
ed. S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1972)

Review:

Illustrated ceremonial magic spells and techniques.

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Aradia Gospel of the Witches

Aradia: or, Gospel of the Witches

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (1890, repr. Lost Library)

Review:

Authentic 19th-century Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) liturgy, mythos, spells, and traditions descended from a medieval-era, roaming female Witch named Aradia, who taught the oppressed how to use magic to protect themselves from their rich overlords. Leland, a British folklore researcher, acquired the information in this book from a Strega known as Maddalena. In the 20th century, Doreen Valiente adapted and popularized the “Charge of the Goddess” from this book.

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