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Defectio Geniturarum: Being an Essay toward the Reviving and Proving The True Old Principles of Astrology, Hither To Neglected, Or, at leastwise, not Observed or Understood. In Four Parts. The First shewing the Ground and Cause of Error. The Second contains an Examination of those Nativities by Morinus. The Third considers those done by Argol: And, The Fourth those by Mr. Gadbury, in his Collection... London: for Benj. Tooke, 1697. First edition. Rare. 4to. , 360p. Modern antique calf, gilt rules to spine, black title label. New endpapers. First blank and title slightly soiled, old owners signature to title in ink. R3 tiny hole to far outside margin, no affect. S4 clean tear top inner margin old repair, no affect. A2 & 2M3 with small stamp of previous owner, “A*Huey”. Last few leaves with light dampstains to top corner. Lacks last blank. Few leaves with outer margins uncut & rough, no affect. Lacks portrait frontispiece, which is rare and not uncommon. John Partridge (1643-1715), influential English astrologer and producer of almanacs. Apprentice to a shoemaker, he acquired enough books to teach himself Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. He may have studied with atrologer John Gadbury and seems to have given up shoes when his first publication was issued about 1678. His first major work, Mikropanasurm, was published the next year. In 1680, he started issuing an almanac entitled Merlinus Liberatus. Partridge came to prefer the Placidian house system (aka Ptolemaic Method, a system that can be described as time-proportional house sytem of movement, which is in contrast to the space-based systems that are built on atrsonomical great circles, rather than on time curves) a choice evident in his final major works, including Opus Reformation (1693) and the Defectio Geniturarum (1697), both highly technical analyses of primary directions in sample horoscopes. By 1700, he was the most prominent astrologer in Britain. His almanac was so popular other people began to publish almanacs in his name. “Partridge was the butt of one of Swift’s (Jonathan) most delightful satires and mystifications (under the pseudo of Bickerstaff) prophesying his death, and afterwards announcing it, with the addition of a number of imaginary details, so as to render the description more complete. This last pamphlet, ‘The Accomplishment of Mr. Bickerstaffs Predictions, being an account of the death of Mr. Patrridge, killed the latter so effectually that even the repeated counter-pamphlets of the bewildered victim, declaring himself to still be alive, could not convince the world of that fact” [-quote from Sutheran’s Price Catalogue, 1905]. .Often bound with a second title, “Flagitiosus Mercurius flagellatus” at the end, our copy does not include this work but is complete in itself and not uncommon to be bound alone. ESTC: R26179. Wing P617. Cantamessa 3337. Gardner, Astrologica 914. DP20235 $1000.00
[Proteus - Greek character text for author].
A Dissertation on the Celestial Sign of the Rainbow, in Connection with the Sacred ‘Oath of the Seventh’, Being an Exposition of its Expansive Significance in Accordance with the Teaching of Transcendental Masonry. Dublin: Hodges, Foster & Figgis, 1879. First edition. 75p., errata at end. A rare book on the symbolism and history of the rainbow and its significance through transcendental masonry. The author cites numerous examples of the rainbow symbolism throughout ancient history, the Bible, Greeks, Romans, Italians, Judaica history, classics, etc. We find little information as the book is very rare, no reference to its true author. An excellent addition to any collection of Freemasonry, esoterica, and mysticism. OCLC locates only 3 copies, one in the US, one in Ireland and one in the UK. We locate no auction records via Rare Book hub except for a mention in bulk lot in 1950. We find one reference to the book being sold in Judaica from the Disraeli Library, October in 1881 [p129 - Appendix, The Self-Fashioning of Disraeli 1818-1851 by Richmond & Smith 1998].
[Petrus Bonus of Ferrar]. Arthur Edward Waite, preface and trans.
The New Pearl of Great Price. A Treatise Concerning the Treasure and Most Precious Stone of the Philosophers. Or the Method and Procedure of this Divine Art; With Observations Drawn From the Works of Arnoldus, Raymondus, Rhasis, Albertus, and Michael Scotus. First Published by Janus Lacinus, the Calabrian, with a Copius Index. London: James Elliott and Co., 1894. First edition. Very rare. xi, 441, p. Contemporary calf, gilt rules to covers, decorative gilt at edges of endpapers,, floral and gilt title to spine, all edges gilt, some minor edge wear and rubbing, overall still excellent. First endpaper on inside front board with small book plate remnants, no affect, else book is near fine, a beautiful copy. Few small satin ribbons, bound in. Fully illustrated throughout with text cuts. Ad leaf present at back, which promotes A.E. Waites Hermetic Museum. At time of description we locate no copies for sale and find the last auction record for solo sale was in 1921, Walpole Galleries via Rare Books Hub. First edition. First English translation, from the Aldine edition published in venice, 1546. Very rare. “Another Latin text that was to be frequently reprinted in the Renaissance was the Preciosa Margarita Novella of Petrus Bonus of Ferrara (c1330). This work reflects the influence of Scholasticism in its tripartite structure: arguments in favor of transmutation follow the initial reputations, and these in turn are followed by positive answers to the objections. Peter asserted that alchemy differed from the other sciences in its method of demonstration: ‘...nothing short of seeing a thing will help you know it. If you wish to know that pepper is hot and that vinegar is cooling, that colocynth and absinthe are bitter, that honey is sweet, and that aconite is poison; that the magnets attracts steel, that arsenic whitens brass, and that tutia turns it of an orange color, you will, in every one of those cases, have to verify the assertion by experience’.... he remained convinced that alchemy was “the key of all good things, the Art of Arts, the science of sciences”. [-Allen G. Debus - The Chemical Philosophy, 1977]. “It was first printed at the Aldine Press in Venice in 1546, edited by Lacinius. Waite edited the translation and provided the brief preface” [-Gilbert, Waite Bibliography B12]. Gilbert (Waite Biblio) B12. Pritchard Alchemy: 51. C.G. Jung Vol.12 Psychology & Alchemy: p495. DP20313 $1000.00
Prideaux, Mathias. John Prideaux.
An Easy and Compendious Introduction For Reading all sorts of Histories... The Third Edition, in which is added a Synopsis of Councels. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1655. 4 books in 1. [4}, A-3B4, 3C2, H4. Later calf boards, light chipping to outer edges, rebacked in modern calf with silver gilt title to spine. Some minor foxing, few minor ink stains, short corner tear to A2, no affect. Few leaves with top margins trimmed close. Minor pencil notes throughout. Overall, a nice copy in a sympathetic binding. Third edition. First edition with Synopsis of Councels. Mathias Prideaux (1622-1646), second son of John Prideaux (1578-1650). Mathias, student of Exeter 1640-1645, before receiving his M.A. became a captain in the king’s service. Mathias died of smallpox in London about 1646, this book his only, edited and published after his death by his father. “Political History in Generall” and “History of Successions” have separate titles dated 1653, pagination are continous. “A Synopsis of Councels” is dated 1654, pagination is separate and may also have been issued separately (Wing P3436A), it is a translation of “Consiliorym Synopsis” (Wing P3421). Wing P3442. Madan III:2261 and 2280. ESTC: R31925.
History. Politics. World history. Ancient history. England. Saxons. Egypt. Greeks. Romans. Monarchy. Occult. Pagans. DP20207 $275.00
Rydberg, Viktor. Rasmus B. Anderson, trans.
Teutonic Mythology. London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1891. Second edition. Rare. xii, 706p. Publishers maroon cloth over reptile patterened leatherette, some minor rubbing to edges, spine caps bumped/rubbed, gilt title to spine, top edges gilt. Tiny bookseller label at bottom of first free endpaper. Couple of leaves with very small dog-ear to top corner, flattened, no affect, overall about near fine. At time of description we locate no other copies of this edition for sale. And we find no auction records of this edition via Rare Book Hub, and the 1889 edition not auctioned since 1924. Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895), Swedish author and poet of the Romantic school, greatly influenced Swedish cultural. Later in life focused research and works on mythology. Rydberg was an idealist, faithful to the Romatic tradition in portey and thought but liberal in his political and sociel views, possessed wide range of interests in aesthetics, religion, philosophy and psychology. [See Britannica]. Mythology. Germanic Mythology. Teutonic. Occult. Folklore. Mysticism. Aryans. Ancient religion. Norse mythology. Germany. Sweden. Ancient mythology. DP20402 $350.00
Renouard, Antoine Augustine.
Annales De L’Imprimerie Des Alde, ou Histoire des trois Manuce et de leurs Editions. Two Volumes. Paris: Renouard, 1803. First edition. 8vo. 3 vols in 2. xxviii, 446p., (table), 250p., (editions), ix, 149p, (editions). Two volumes. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, edges rubbed, some minor wear, spine with gilt borders and titles. First volume lacks frontis portrait, second volume with frontis. Few pages with minor foxing. First half title with three tiny holes, no affect to text. Bookplate in both volumes, inside paste-down “Renate Schuster”. Considered the standard Aldine reference for book collectors, sellers, and the like.
Bibliography. Aldine. Aldus. Books on books. DP20197 $350.00
[Roberts, Johnathan, M.]
Antiquity Unveiled. Ancient Voices From The Spirit Realms Disclose The Most Startling Revelations, Proving Christianity To Be Of Heathen Origin. Philadelphia: Oriental Publishing Co., 1894. Second edition. Scarce. XVI, 608, p. Publishers maroon cloth, decorative gilt cover, gilt title to spine, minor shelf wear, some minor dings to edges, faint cup stain to cover, little affect, overall still excellent fresh binding. Patterned endpapers, clean, hinges fine. Some very minor edge wear to few leaves, tiny ding at top of Dedication leaf, no affect, pin-hole at top of p353/354, no affect, else clean text and overall still about near fine. A very nice copy of a scarce book. At time of description we locate no other copies of this edition for sale, and only one copy of the first edition, in poor condition. With frontispiece portrait photograph of Jonathan M. Roberts and 4 plates, complete. Jonathan Manning Roberts (1821-1888), American lawyer, spirit medium and author. Roberts is best known for his work Antiquity Unveiled, which comprises a series of remarkable communications from ancient and modern spirits. On March 26th ,1880, Roberts, then editor of “Mind and Matter” received through the medium the communication from Potamon, the founder of Eclecticism, which opened this regular series. This was followed by communications from other spirits and continued until 1886, and were printed in a weekly journal as received. They contained in a small space a vast amount of knowledge, most of which was unknown to the world before. It is this valuable information, with comments by Roberts which was published as Antiquities Unveiled (1892). Occult. Spiritualism. Spirits.Mysticism. Christianity. Oriental religions. Ancient religions. Religion. Anti-Christian. Agrippa. Pliny the Younger. Eusebius. Eunomius. Zoroaster. Classics. Philosophy. Theology. Ancient history. Ancient philosophers. DP20397 $300.00
Nouveau Traite Des Saints Mysteres Conforme Aux Regles De La Liturgie Romaine. Paris: Jacques Lecoffre, 1853. First Edition. Very rare. 8vo. x, , 480p. Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, hinges started but strong, gilt title and floral decoration. Title page with library notes, stamps of Biblioteca Bianchi Roma, few leaves with minor foxing, else a fine copy of a very rare book. First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on the Holy Mysteries related to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass. We are unable to locate any sales or auction records of this extremely rare title. In fact, the last record of sale for this author was in 1959. Richaudeau, Pierre Francois (b.1806), author of several religious texts including Vie de la reverende mere Marie de l’Incarnation, ursuline Marie Guyard (1873) and La Prophetie de Blois (1870). Catholic Church. Liturgy. Mass. Lord’s Supper. Religion. Bible. DP20158 $350.00
Prudentius, Aurelius Clemens. Victor Giselinus [Ghyselinck], ed.
Aurelii Prudentii Clementis Viri Consularis Opera. [Opera emendatus, commentarius]. Paris: Hieronymu [Jerome] de Marnes, 1566.Very rare. 8vo. a-z8, A-L8. 540, p. Full old calf, original boards, rebacked, blind tooled ruling and panelling, gold stamped floral gilt at all four corners and center of each board, edges worn. Gilt title on spine. Minor dampstain to few leaves at outer edge. Small wormhole at upper edge of last few leaves, outside margin, never effecting text. Bottom edge of title page trimmed short, but with no effect on text; names in old hand. "A genius more powerful than pliant, Prudentius displays a more versatile and richer talent than that of his pagan contemporary, Claudian. The rhetoric he disparages, he himself misuses; he often exaggerates, but is never commonplace. The superior of many pagan poets, among the Christian he is the greatest and the most truly poetic." [-Catholic Ency.]. Palau 239830 "Edicion correcta y muy apreciada por los comentarios de Giselini."
USTC 154658. Not in BM STC (France), or Adams. Classics. Latin Poetry. Occult. Allegory. Religion. Theology. DP20144 $350.00
Commentarius De Praecipius Generibus Divibationum.... Wittenberg: Johannes Kraft, 1560. Second edition. Rare. A-2Z8, a-l8. 456, p. Contemporary decorative calf, with medallion role with Caesar head, cherubs and floral decorations, embossed with initials “F.Z.” and “1560”. on front cover. Wear to edges, hinges starting, spine chipped, damp stain to back board at top. Title page glued tight to inner margin, no affect to text. Folding "Tabula Indicis" at end torn, lacking bottom half, minor loss. Text complete. Contemporary owner signature to inside front board and tp at bottom, “Frederichi Zormy?”, notes to inside of back board also. Some underlining, few leaves with light outer margin damp stains, few leaves with minor corner wear, no affect. Peucer (1525-1602) was a doctor and professor of medicine at Wittenberg. He married a daughter of Melancthon and edited his works. "...being for ten years in close imprisonment, on account of his opinions, he wrote his thoughts on the margins of old books which they gave him for amusement, making his ink of burnt crusts of bread infused in wine." [- Chalmers vxxiv, 426-7]. "The work of Caspar Peucer on various kinds of divination was first printed in Wittenberg in 1553....it seems to have been the most influential of his numerous writings which were concerned with the varied fields of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, natural history, and psychology... After discussing divination in general, he turns to oracles and theomancy, then to magic -- which he correctly implies is a variety of divination, whereas the opposite is true -- then to divination from entrails, to augury and aruspicina, to lot-casting under which he puts geomancy and divining from names and numbers, and to dreams and their interpretation. Next he considers medical prognostications, meteorology and weather prediction, physiognomy and chiromancy, astrology, and last prodigies and portents." [-Thorndike]. VD16 P:1973. Adams P930. Houzeau-Lancaster 4860. Wellcome I:4968. Coumont P33.2. Cornell BF1410.P51-1560. Esoterica 381. Gardner 122. Occult. Witchcraft. Divination. Medicine. Science. Magic. Astrology. Religion. Demonology. DP20138 $1500.00
Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco de. Roger L'Estrange, trans.
The Visions of Dom Francisco de Quevedo Bellegas, Knight of the Order of St. James. Made English by R. L. London: Henry Herringman, 1667. Second edition. A4, B-Y8, Z4. , 344p. 18th c. calf, gilt rules, spine cracked in center; wear to edge, armorial bookplate of Sir William Abdy & his signatures. Text tight and clean. Don Francisco Quevado Y Villegas (1580-1645) one of the greatest of Spanish authors who wrote poetry, satires, novels and moral treatises. This work on the seven visions of Algouazil, the demon, after Dantesque themes The "Suenos" were written between 1606-1622 but did not appear until 1627 as they were not approved by the censors. These satiric "Visions" attack many of man's foibles from greed to sexual license. Wing Q196a. ESTC: R40089. Palau 244176. Caillet 9044. Occult. Spain. Visions. Literature. Demons. DP20105 $250.00
White Lies. [From the London Journal]. London: The London Journal, 1857. Nos. 646-666, Vol.XXVI. First Edition. 4to. Dyed red calf over boards, wear to edges and spine. Leaves from 21 editions of the London Journal. 21 engravings by W. Corwin illustrating the story. With two incidental engravings, one of St. James Music Hall, and one of General Cavaignac. Reade, Charles (1814-1884), novelist and playwright. This is the rare first edition, serialized in the London Journal before the 3 volume novel was published. Fiction. Literature. Novel. DP20063 $250.00
Saggio Di Fisiognomia E Patagnomonia Ossia. Dei mezzi di conoscere le interne facolta [?] e la malattie de gli uomini dalle loro esterne apparenze. Milano: Paolo Andrea Molina, 1837. First Edition. 8vo. 380p. Modern two-tone cloth. Presentation from the author on front flyleaf. Minor foxing, else fine. Four large folding plates of figures at end (bound in reverse order). 4 folding plates with numerous heads. Polli (1812-1880) Milanese physician who earned his laureate in medicine in 1837 and taught medicine and chemistry in various schools in Milan.
Gerlach, Polli 1837. Magli 53:3. Occult. Physiognomy. Science. DP20048 $250.00