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A Defense of Superstition, article on The Living Age magazine 1921

Kentucky Superstitions by Daniel Thomas 1920 (CONTENTS: Birth and Child Life, Family Relations, Lost Articles, Wishes., Divinations, Marriage, Death and Burial, The Human Body, Saliva, Sneezes, Cures and Preventives, Fire, Dreams, Moon and Signs of the Zodiac, Crops, Vegetables, Fruits, Trees, Witches, Hoodoos, Haunted Houses, Ghosts, Evil Spirits).

Signs, Omens and Superstitions by Astra Cielo 1918 (Contents: CONTENTS: Popular Superstitions, Wedding Superstitions, Lucky Periods for Marriages, Bridal Cake — Bridesmaids, Shoes and Weddings, Rings, Engagement and Wedding Rings, Lucky and Unlucky Days and Seasons, New Year's Superstitions, April Fool's Day, Ascension Day, Easter Superstitions, St John's Eve, Candlemas Day, St. Valentine's Day, Hallowe'en Customs, Harvest Superstitions, Christmas, Signs of Good or Bad Luck, The Sign of the Cross etc.)

What they say in New England; a book of signs, sayings, and superstitions by Clifton Johnson 1896 (Contents: The Weather, Tea-Grounds, Dreams, Charms, Fortune-Telling, Odds, Friends, Wishes, Medicinal, The Farm, Luck, Snakes, Folks, Money, Death, Warts)

Superstitions about Animals by Frank Gibson 1904

Philosophical Essay on Credulity and Superstition by Rufus Blakemen 1849 (Witchcraft, Dreams, Ghosts, Empiricism and Quackery — Credulity in Medicine, Homoeopathy, Mesmerism, Animal Fascination)

The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams 1865

An Essay on Demonology, Ghosts and Apparitions, and popular Superstitions by James Thacker 1831

Cults, Customs and Superstitions of India by John Oman 1908

Superstition Unveiled By Charles Southwell 1854

The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley 1884

A World of Wonders, with anecdotes and opinions concerning popular superstitions by A Poyntz 1845 (INCOMBUSTIBLE MEN, POPE JOAN AND THE WANDERING JEW, THE FABLES OF HISTORY, MELONS AND MONSTERS, LAST WORDS OF DYING PERSONS, PERPETUAL LAMPS AND ARCHIMEDES, FORTUNE-TELLERS AND CHIROMANCY, ALBERTUS MAGNUS AND NOSTRADAMUS, Philosopher's Stone, GIANTS AND DWARFS, ASTROLOGY, THE MOON AND LUNAR INFLUENCE, APPARITIONS, COMETS, DREAMS, PREJUDICES ATTACHED TO CERTAIN ANIMALS, THE DIVINING ROD, THE INFLUEXCE OF BELLS UPON THUNDER STORMS, SORCERERS AND MAGICIANS, GHOSTS AND VAMPIRES, APOCRYPHAL ANIMALS, SUPERNATURAL HUMAN BEINGS)

The Popular Superstitions and festive amusements of the Highlanders of Scotland by William Grant Stewart 1851 (Ghosts, Fairies, Brownies, Spunkies, Witchcraft, Weddings etc)

Bygone Church Life in Scotland by William Andrews 1899

Brand's Popular antiquities of Great Britain. Faiths and folklore; a dictionary of national beliefs, superstitions and popular customs, past and current, with their classical and foreign analogues, described and illustrated, Volume 1, 1905

Brand's Popular antiquities of Great Britain. Faiths and folklore; a Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and popular customs, past and current, with their classical and foreign analogues, described and illustrated, Volume 2, 1905

The Evil Eye, Thanatology, and, other essays by Roswell Park 1912

The Evil Eye by Charles Yale 1898

The Evil Eye. An account of this Ancient and Wide Spread Superstition by FT Elworthy 1895

Curious Questions in History, Literature, Art, and Social Life By Sarah Hutchins Killikelly Volume 1 1886

Curious Questions in History, Literature, Art, and Social Life By Sarah Hutchins Killikelly Volume 2 1886

Curious Questions in History, Literature, Art, and Social Life By Sarah Hutchins Killikelly Volume 3 1886

What's what in America by Eugene Brewster 1919 (Christian Science, Phrenology, Superstitions, Ghosts, Occultism etc)

Superstitious Beliefs Among College Students, article in The American Journal of Psychology 1919

The "Thirteen" Superstition Among the Fair Sex, article in the Belford Magazine

Encyclopaedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult sciences of the world; a comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life, Volume 3 by Cora Linn Daniels 1903

The Origin Of Man And Of His Superstitions by Carveth Read 1920

Essay on Superstition being an inquiry into the effects of physical influence on the mind, in the production of dreams, visions, ghosts, and other supernatural appearances 1830 by W. Newnham



Essays on Subjects connected with the Literature, Popular Superstitions, and history of England in the Middle Ages by Thomas Wright Volume 1 1846

Essays on Subjects connected with the Literature, Popular Superstitions, and history of England in the Middle Ages by Thomas Wright Volume 2 1846

Handbook of Freethought - Evidences against the Superstitions of Christianity by WS Bell 1891

Philosophy of Popular Superstitions, and the effects of credulity and imagination upon the moral, social, and intellectual condition of the human race 1853 by Samuel Emmons

Friday an Unluck Day? Article in Emerson's magazine and Putnam's monthly 1857

Thirteen, article in Chamber's Journal ("Sitting down as the thirteenth at dinner was, we are told in the old Norse mythology, deemed 1 unlucky' by the Scandinavians, because, at a banquet in the Valhalla, Loki, the Scandinavian God of Strife and Evil, intruded himself on one occasion, making the ' thirteenth' guest, and succeeded in his desire to kill, with an arrow of mistletoe, Balder, the God of Peace.")

A Handy Book of Curious Information - comprising strange happenings in the life of men and animals, odd statistics, extraordinary phenomena and out of the way facts concerning the wonderlands of the earth by William Walsh 1913

Credulities Past and Present by William Jones 1898

Superstition in all ages by Jean Meslier (Roman Catholic priest who, after 30 years, wrote this anti-religious book to be published after his death) 1920

The Magic of the Horseshoe by Robert Lawrence 1897 (Fortune and luck, The Folklore of Salt, The omens of sneezing, Days of good and evil omens, Superstitious dealings with animals, The luck of odd numbers)

Fallacy of Ghosts, Dreams, and Omens with Stories of Witchcraft, Life-in-Death, and Monomania by Charles Ollier 1848

Sibylline leaves, wherein are to be found the omens of fate (Poems and artwork) 1884

Apparitions or The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted houses developed by Joseph Taylor 1814

Curious Church Customs and Cognate Subjects by William Andrews 1895

Curiosities of Superstition by WHD Adams 1882

Superstitions of the Churches, Ancient and Modern by William R. Sunman 1874

Superstition in Medicine by Hugo Magnus 1908

Observations on the Character, Customs, and Superstitions of the Irish and on some of the causes which have Retarded the Moral and Political improvement of Ireland by Daniel Dewar 1812

Observations on the popular antiquities of Great Britain Volume 1 by John Brand 1853

Observations on the popular antiquities of Great Britain Volume 2 by John Brand 1853

Observations on the popular antiquities of Great Britain Volume 3 by John Brand 1853

Chinese Superstitions by Joshua Vale 1906

Tales of Superstition and Chivalry by Anne Bannerman 1802

The Superstition called Socialism by G. Tunzelmann 1911

Studies of Contemporary Superstition by WH Mallock 1895 (Cowardly Agnosticism, Amateur Christianity, Marriage and Free Thought, A Catholic Theologian on Natural Religion, Science and Evolution, Fabian Economics, Socialism)

Warnings against Superstition - 4 Sermons by John Llewelyn Davies 1874

Science and Superstition by Samuel Eugene Stevens 1914

The Struggle between Science and Superstition by Arthur Lewis 1916

On Superstitions connected with the history and practice of medicine and surgery by Thomas Peddigrew 1844

The Wedding-ring: Its History, Literature, and the Superstitions Respecting By Joseph Maskell 1868

The Darker Superstitions of Scotland by John G Dalyell 1834

Archaeological Superstitions 1876

Epidemic Delusions: Containing an Exposé of the Superstitions and Frauds by Amos Norton Craft 1881 (Spiritualism, Animism, Crusades, Alchemy, Witch-Mania, Mormonism, Haunted Houses etc)

Christian Science and Kindred Superstitions by Charles Winbigler 1901

Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and Sailors by Fletcher Bassett 1885

The Book of Were-wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition by Sabine Baring-Gould 1865

On the Truths contained in Popular Superstitions with an account of mesmerism by Herbert Mayo 1851

Sea-Faring Superstitions 1906

The Origin of the Werewolf Superstition by Carolina Taylor Stewart 1909

Beliefs and Superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans by Edwin M Fogel 1915

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 1, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 2, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 3, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 4, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 5, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 6, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 7, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 8, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 9, 1914

Researches into Chinese Superstitions by Henri Dore, Volume 10, 1914

Traditions Superstitions and Folklore chiefly Lancashire and the north of England by Charles Hardwick 1872

The Book of Christmas (Customs, Traditions, Superstitions etc) by Thomas K Hervey 1888

Current Superstitions Collected from the Oral Tradition of English Speaking Folk by Fanny Bergen 1896

Omens and Superstitions of southern India by Edgar Thurston 1912

Myths and Myth-makers: Old Tales and Superstitions by John Fiske - 1882

The Origin of Primitive Superstitions by Rushton M. Dorman - 1881

The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz 19123

Charms or amulets for some diseases of the eye, and a few ancient beliefs about the eclipse by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi 1894

Plant Lore, legends, and lyrics. Embracing the myths, traditions, superstitions, and folk-lore of the plant kingdom by Richard Folkard 1892

Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire, Volume 1 by Anna Eliza Bray 1838

Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire, Volume 2 by Anna Eliza Bray 1838

Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire, Volume 3 by Anna Eliza Bray 1838

Popular Romances of the West of England - The drolls, traditions, and superstitions of old Cornwall by Robert Hunt 1881

Were You Born under a Lucky Star? by A Alpheus 1901

Illustrations of Scottish History - life and superstition by William Gunnyon, 1877

A complete Refutation of Astrology by TH Moody 1838

Hebrew Idolatry and Superstition by Elford Higgens 1893

Essays on Christianity, Paganism, and Superstition by Thomas De Quincey 1877

Popular Fallacies by A.S.E. Ackermann 1908

Signs and symbols illustrated and explained, 12 lectures on Freemasonry by George Oliver 1826

The Import of the Name Jehovah, article in The Biblical Repository 1833

A Misunderstood Jehovah by Heinz Schmitz (there were superstitions around the Divine Name)

Curious facts in the history of Insects including Spiders by Frank Cowan 1865

Popular Superstitions, article in Scientific Tracts 1832



The Myths of the New World - a Treatise on the Symbolism and Mythology of the red race of America by Daniel G Brinton 1896

The Witchcraft Delusion in New England by Samuel Gardner, Volume 1 1866

The Witchcraft Delusion in New England by Samuel Gardner, Volume 2 1866

The Witchcraft Delusion in New England by Samuel Gardner, Volume 3 1866

Folklore of Women as illustrated by legendary and traditional tales, folk-rhymes, proverbial sayings, superstitions by TF Thiselton-Dyer 1906

Algonquin legends of New England by Charles G Leland 1884

Gypsy folk-tales by Francis H Groome 1899

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  1. Friday and the Number 13, article in the New York Sun 1910

    “Friday" and the number “13" have long been held to be specially unlucky. This evil reputation came evidently from the last supper and crucifixion of the Savior.

    At that memorial meal there were thirteen at the table, one of whom betrayed his Lord to a cruel death, while the Crucifixion occurred on Friday. These events were doubtless in due course ordained for the salvation of mankind, and they were the forerunners of beneficent results to the entire world, but it is no surprising fact that the atrocious acts by which they were brought to pass should have resulted in universal human reprobation.

    Nevertheless, Friday has been a most fortunate and fateful day in the history of the New World, while 13 has been always the lucky number of the United States, so that while they may have been counted accursed in the Old World, they are identified with the most important and famous events in the New.

    Let us give a little attention to the part that Friday has played in the history of our country.

    It was on Friday, August 3, 1492, that Columbus sailed from Palos, Spain, on his voyage of discovery that gave a new hemisphere and the world's greatest free nation to mankind, and it was on Friday, October 12, of the same year that he made land in the New World. The voyage, with three small vessels that were scarcely more than yawl boats, was made at a time when the West Indian cyclones were most to be feared, but they sailed the unknown seas without a storm.

    It was on Friday that Henry II of England gave a commission to John Cabot, which led to the discovery of North America.

    It was on Friday that St. Augustine, the oldest town in the United States, was founded.

    It was on Friday that the ship Mayflower, with the Pilgrims, landed at Plymouth, Mass.

    it was on Friday that George Washington was born.

    It was on Friday that the Declaration of American Independence was adopted.

    It was on Friday that the British General Burgoyne and his army surrendered at Saratoga.

    It was on Friday that the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown ended the war.

    It is evident from this that Friday, so far from being an unlucky day in America, should be deemed most fortunate.

    As to the number thirteen, it is closely identified with the very foundations of our great republic.

    On the national flag were represented thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, to stand for the thirteen colonies that formed the infant nation. On the obverse of the national great seal is a spread eagle with thirteen stars around his head and thirteen arrows in one claw, while in the other he holds an olive branch with thirteen leaves. On the reverse is an unfinished pyramid, of which thirteen courses of masonry are laid, the balance to be added, while the national motto—E Pluribus Unum—meaning “one composed of many,” contains thirteen letters.

    It is plain, therefore, that if Friday and the number 13 be symbols of misfortune and evil in the Old World, they signify just the opposite in the New.

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