Caduceus Books has just issued a new limited edition work – Marsh Wizards, Witches and Cunning Men, a Study of Cunning Murrell, George Pickingill and Witchcraft in 19th Century Essex. Collecting essays written for The Strand and Folklore, it provides valuable information from folklorists on two prominent figures from the tradition of the “cunning folk,” the practitioners of folk healing and magic, discussed at some length in Owen Davies’ Popular Magic. Of particular interest for those interested in grimoires is the following passage from the advertisement:
Also [Morrison] was able to examine his correspondence, some of his magical regalia, and his manuscripts including his “Book of Conjurations” which, tragically, has since been lost. He quotes some text and reproduces one page from the manuscript. This shows two talismans and this publication magnifies this glimpse into a Cunning Murrell’s magical art by making the front and back cover of the book into the obverse and reverse of one of the talismans that is intended for protection from mischief, evil and danger.
The book isn’t announced at the Caduceus home page yet, but feel free to write them about it.