The Long Hidden Friend

John George Hohman
Edited & illustrated by Gemma Gary

Written by John George Hohman, 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.

Important information for previous purchasers of the Classic Grimoire series.

A potential issue with the colour of cover material used for this series has been brought to our attention by our suppliers. It is possible that the aubergine colour we have used could in the future be dropped from the range as its not unknown for the manufacturer to do this.

As it is our intention to build this series into a collection of thirteen classic grimoires, a matching cover colour throughout the series is naturally desirable. We have therefor taken the pre-emptive decision to change the cover and end paper colour to black in the knowledge that this will never be discontinued.

Customers who have previously purchased one or both of our current grimoires, with a view to collecting more of the series, are invited to let us know when making their next purchase in the series. Troy Books will be happy to replace their existing aubergine coloured copies with the new black binding free of charge with their next Classic Grimoire order.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but we feel it is best to take this step now to ensure continuity in the coming years.

If you would like to take up us this offer, please contact us for details when purchasing another book in the series.

Available in the following editions:

Hardback Edition: a black case binding with copper foil blocking to the front and spine, hunter green endpapers, with green and black head and tail bands.

Paperback Editions: matt laminate cover

Pagination: 80 pages, line drawings and figures

Size: 187 x 114mm

Pocket Edition: Alongside our standard edition within our ‘Classic Grimoire Series’, we are now pleased to offer The Long Hidden Friend in a handy ‘pocket edition’. This is due to popular demand arising from the fact that the books itself was originally intended to be kept and carried as a personal charm of protection; as revealed by the book’s closing words:

Whosoever carries this book with him, is safe from all his enemies, visible or invisible; and whoever has this book with him cannot die without the holy corpse of Jesus Christ, nor drowned in any water, nor burn up in any fire, nor can any unjust sentence be passed upon him. So help me.

Presented in a convenient ‘pocket book’ format (105mm x 148mm). A dark green cloth binding, Hunter Green endpapers, black head and tail bands with gold foil blocking to cover and spine.

Pagination: 176 pages, line drawings and figures

Line drawings and figures by Gemma Gary

Introduction by Gemma Gary
Curative Arts
Animal Arts
Arts against Evildoers
Protective Arts
Propitious Arts

Paperback Edition

£11.50 plus shipping

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Hardback Edition

£18.00 plus shipping

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Pocket Edition

£17.50 plus shipping

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