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Newberry Librarian Stanley Pargellis in the stacks, ca. 1959.

Newberry Librarian Stanley Pargellis in the stacks, ca. 1959.

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Twitter Is Spellbound by Our Book of Magical Charms

We recently made a 17th-century book of magical charms available on our Transcribing Faith website. And the prospect of someone using the book's freshly transcribed incantations to summon an evil spirit has provoked a mix of glee and trepidation on Twitter! The book's occultism pertains as much to curing everyday ailments (like toothaches) as to communing with spirits (or "spirrits," as the anonymous author would have it). But there's always the chance that one of the spells intended for dental care could misfire and conjure a demon, we suppose.

Below is a selection of our favorite tweets on the subject.

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