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Der Lange Verborgene Freund, oder: Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht fur Jedermann, enthaltend: Wunderbare und probmassige Mittel und Kunste (.)
No Publisher, Reading, PA 1820 - First edition. Paper covered boards with calf leather spine. 4 1/4 by 7 inches. 100 pp. First appearance of this work, providing many folk remedies, charms and spells for colic, aches, swellings, etc. A few spells are included to be used against thieving, murderers and witchcraft, as well as extinguishing fire without water and a few conjurations, earning the book the status of grimoire. Published openly and very popular among its purchasers, this book was reprinted many times in pulp form during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This precedes the first English language edition which was published in 1846, under a slightly different title. Hohman was a German immigrant, settling in Pennsylvania in 1802, and earning money by publishing various broadsides and other work, as well as practicing as a healer. (See Davies. Grimoires p 192-94). This copy has what appears to be a handwritten remedy for frostbite on the second endpaper, in German, although writing is a bit hard to translate due to fading and script, so this cannot be ascertained for certain. GOOD condition. Heavy chipping and peeling to the paper on the boards, with moderate loss to the front cover and minor loss of paper along the extremities of the rear cover. Minor soiling. Uneven minor to moderate foxing and staining to the covers. Moderate to heavy scuffing. Leather splitting along the upper and lower portions of the hinges. Heavy bumping along the extremities, with the corners rounded. Interior solid. General fading to the text, with scattered moderate to heavy foxing throughout, as well as minor staining and soiling. Page 23 missing a small piece at the upper corner, not affecting text, with the last endpaper missing a 3 inch triangular piece from the lower corner. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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