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(German American Himmelsbrief). Broadside: "A veritable and approved method, useful and applicable in cases of fire and pestilence." [Pennsylvania: , ca. 1810]. 8vo (24 cm, 9.44").  f. $500.00
Uncommon Pennsylvania Dutch broadside IN ENGLISH from the Braucherei ritual healing tradition. => This bit of popular folklore is part of a category of superstitious broadsides known as Himmelsbriefs, magical letters designed to protect the bearer from illness or other harm. The present example tells the story ("made known by a gypsy king of the Christian religion") of an 80-year-old Romani man who saved himself from execution in Prussia by putting out a fire using a Christian-themed invocation, with the fire-suppression chant itself following. => The final note adds that carrying the letter will protect pregnant women against witchcraft or apparitions, and all bearers against pestilence.
Sometimes called the "Koenigsberg Fire Brief," this text was more commonly printed in German, and circulated widely both in Europe and among the Pennsylvania Dutch — with English versions, as here, seen significantly less frequently. This example features a decorative border and bears no printer's mark; it is apparently => unrecorded by WorldCat.
Age-toned and creased with small holes and short edge tears, upper margin chipped and verso used for pencilled calculations. => Scarce in this format and in this language. (41898) Please RESHELVE This.
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