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Can you read this spellbook for 17th-century witches? This library has a job for you

Hath you a Crampe? Toothache? Skabbie Hands? Or are You in need of a quick Talk with a Spirit? Good news: there’s a 17th-century charm for all that. Two unknown people in England—presumably witches—hand-wrote a book of charms in the 1600s. Somehow, the volume survived an era of persecution of witchcraft in Europe and the British colonies, and came to reside at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Now the independent research library has placed The Book of Magical Charms and two other rare witch-related manuscripts online, in high resolution, along with an open invitation to anyone who would like to help transcribe the olde-English handwriting into type.

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