We are delighted to announce the next title in our series of classic texts by Charles Godfrey Leland, following on from Aradia – Or The Gospel of the Witches with our edition of Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling with foreword by Gemma Gary.
First published in 1891, Gypsy Sorcery & Fortune Telling presents a unique and fascinating collection of gypsy witchcraft, folklore, charms, spells, cures, and divination and is profusely illustrated with the author’s own evocative drawings. One of the witchcraft revival’s most influential figures, American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, who would become the founding president of the Gypsy Lore Society, sought out the gypsies of England; befriending them, learning their language and immersing himself in their beliefs, stories and practices.
Available in the following editions:
Paperback Edition: gloss laminated cover.
Standard Hardback Edition: bound in a burgundy faux leather binding with black endpapers and burgundy and gold head and tail bands. 90gsm cream paper stock.
Size: Royal format 234 x 156mm
Pagination: 312 pages.
FOREWORD by Gemma Gary
CHAPTER I: The Origin of Witchcraft, Shamanism, and Sorcery—Vindictive and Mischievous Magic
CHAPTER II: Charms and Conjurations To Cure the Disorders of Grown People—Hungarian Gypsy Magic
CHAPTER III: Gypsy Conjurations and Exorcisms—The Cure of Children Hungarian Gypsy Spells—A Curious Old Italian “Secret”—The Magic Virtue of Garlic—A Florentine Incantation Learned From A Witch—Lilith, the Child-Stealer, and Queen of the Witches
CHAPTER IV: South Slavonian and Other Gypsy Witch-Lore—The Words For A Witch—Vilas and The Spirits of Earth and Air—Witches, Egg-Shells, and Egg-Lore—Egg Proverbs—Ova De Crucibus
CHAPTER V: Charms or Conjurations to Cure or Protect Animals
CHAPTER VI: Of Pregnancy and Charms or Folk-Lore Connected With it—Boar’s Teeth and Charms for Preventing The Flow of Blood
CHAPTER VII: The Recovery of Stolen Property—Love-Charms—Shoes and Love-Potions or Philtres
CHAPTER VIII: Roumanian and Transylvanian Sorceries and Superstitions Connected With Those of the Gypsies
CHAPTER IX: The Rendezvous or Meetings of Witches, Sorcerers, and Vilas—A Continuation of South Slavonian Gypsy-Lore
CHAPTER X: Of the Haunts, Homes, and Habits of Witches in the South Slavic Lands—Bogeys and Humbugs
CHAPTER XI: Gypsy Witchcraft—The Magical Power Which Is Innate In All Men and Women—How It May Be Cultivated And Developed—The Principles of Fortune-Telling
CHAPTER XII: Fortune-Telling (continued)—Romance Based on Chance, Or Hope, As Regards the Future—Folk- and Sorcery-Lore—Authentic Instances of Gypsy Prediction
CHAPTER XIII: Proverbs Referring to Witches, Gypsies, and Fairies
CHAPTER XIV: A Gypsy Magic Spell—Hokkani Baro—Lellin Dudikabin, Or the Great Secret—Children’s Rhymes and Incantations—Ten Little Indian Boys and Ten Little Acorn Girls of Marcellus Burdigalensis
CHAPTER XV: Gypsy Amulets
CHAPTER XVI: Gypsies, Toads, and Toad-Lore
Available now on pre – order, expected shipping date end of January 2020
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