The Long Hidden Friend by John George Hohman

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These words were written with the idea that this book was to serve as a charm to the carrier. Whoever would possess it would be able to find a charm to suit their needs.

The Long Hidden Friend first appeared in 1820 and now makes its way into the hands of Troy Books who have made it into a beautifully bound hardback tome. It contains a plethora of folk magic including charms, recipes, bindings, prayers and remedies for healing. It is beautifully illustrated and edited by Gemma Gary (who I am sure some of you will be familiar with), she also helps enlighten us about the author and the history of the book itself.

As a whole it really does feels like you have so much rich history and magic in your hands. In fact, the idea of it being a charm in itself is rather true if you apply it accordingly as each page explains in detail a recipe or a charm for just about anything. Either make it as your very own reference guide in any situation or be inspired by its contents to carry into your own practice. Not only is it a tool of inspirational magic but it is a slice of history that is a real treasure to keep in your library.

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