The Long-Lost Friend: Which Charms?

I’m still moving toward the submission of The Long-Lost Friend to a publisher.   The publisher has asked for an introduction or a sample chapter, so I think it would only be fair to submit half a dozen or so items as examples of the magic of The Long-Lost Friend.  This also dovetails with another project I’m not willing to talk about, but being able to concentrate on a few of the book’s many recipes would help at this stage.

Does anyone have any charms that they feel deserve special attention, or that would be the best to show off the roots or uses of The Long-Lost Friend, or that just look neat?  Those who haven’t thought along these lines can check the Google Books edition and make some determinations of their own.  I’m just curious as to what Papers readers, who are likely a mix of the general public and hard-core grimoire enthusiasts, might want to see.

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  1. Most of the “magical” passages – the actual charms and prayers for protection, relief against malign witchcraft, and charms or spell-binding – are much more distinctive and interesting to me in general than the medical and farming advice, most of which is halfway between quackery and folk remedy.

    As far as distinctive passes go:
    * “Whoever 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 drown in any water, nor burn up in any fire, nor can any unjust sentence be passed upon him. So help me.”
    * The remarkable passages from the Albertus Magnus.
    * The Abaxa Catabax charm (TO BANISH CONVULSIVE FEVERS)
    * The SATOR square (TO EXTINGUISH FIRE WITHOUT WATER/TO BE GIVEN TO CATTLE AGAINST WITCHCRAFT)
    * “FOR GAINING A LAWFUL SUIT”

    If your research has dug up anything on the persons or circumstances he mentions in the receipt:
    * “CURE FOR THE BITE OF A MAD DOG”
    * “A SAFE AND APPROVED MEANS TO BE APPLIED IN CASES OF FIRE AND PESTILENCE”

    Aside: It’s kinda funny looking at the various wards against firearms and not finding the obvious counterpart, a charm or receipt to make magic bullets (in the vein of the German legend of Der Freischütz). The closest he really comes is the hunting talisman.

  2. I like the first three, and possibly the fourth. Of the other two, the first is pretty much what it claims to be, and the other I haven’t quite figured out yet, though I think the discussion on both will be of interest in the finished work.

  3. Here are a few that generally represent many of the charms in LLF:

    “Security Against Mad Dogs” — p. 22

    “To Make a Wand for Searching for Iron, Ore, or Water” — p. 11

    The classic Bloodstopper’s charms, “A Good Remedie to stop bleeding” p. 14 or “Another Way to Stop Bleeding, and Heal Wounds in Man as well in Animals” — p. 31

    The Fireblower’s charms, “How to Cure a Burn” p, 22 or “Remedie for Burns” — p. 17

    “A Charm to be Carried About a Person” — p. 46

    “To Charm Guns & Other Firearms” — p. 49


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