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8vo. Collation: A4, B - Y8. [Lacks A1 port.] Pagination: , 329, [7 ads] pp. Numerous astrological charts; marginalia [geniture] at on B6r, occasional browning and minor stains. Early 19th-century half sheep over boards; spine restored, rubbed, closed tears [E1-2], marginal ms., inner joints repaired with kozo. Ownership signature of Agnes Waitt, [?Loolbourgh], 1850. Good. FIRST EDITION of this classic treatise on the art of astrology. "Its most important feature, however, is a fascinating section on electional astrology with much new and exciting material. Blagrave explains, for example, how to fit the chart to a particular person, in order to properly elect an auspicious time to assist or influence them." â€“ Christopher Warnock. Blagrave's work was a practical manual for applying astrological principles to everyday needs. It offered advice for when to do just about anything, giving "rules for knowing when to engage in a lawsuit, fight a duel, or propose marriage. By observing the masculine signs in the heavens it was possible to choose the appropriate moment for begetting a male child. John Case's instructions were attractively simple: 'If thou want'st an heir, or a man-child to inherit thy land, observe a time when the masculine planets and signs ascend, and [are] in full power and force, then take thy female, and cast in thy seed, and thou shalt have a man-child.' Mutatis mutandis, the same instructions were to be followed for a daughter'. . . Like other kinds of magic, the astrological election was a formula to which men might resort at moments of impotence and uncertainty, when all other human agencies had failed." â€“ Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic. "Blagrave also provides information on how to interpret an astrological chart to answer very specific questions, such as: whether an absent family member is still alive; when an expectant mother will deliver her child; whether a person is bewitched; whether cattle are bewitched; the time of one's death, and other important questions." The treatise deals with medical issues including child birth: "A woman being with child, how speed at her lying in, and likewise after the Birth of her Child." (p. 128). As well the author offers this for a sick body: "How by the Figure to give judgment upon the Decumbiture of a sick body; and whether they be like to live or die." (p. 134). Continues: "The Figure being radical, first Venus being Lady of the Ascendant, is weak, and peregrine, in Conjunction with Jupiter, Lord of the eighth, which is the House of Death, Jupiter being the afflicting Planet, causeth his own Diseases, as Pleurisies, Apoplexies, and such Diseases who proceed from the Liver and Blood, as you may find more at large elsewhere: . . . likewise it sheweth a great decay in the vital Spirits, Heart and Arteries. 3) is in Aries, afflicted both of ? and ?, which causeth a strong Fever, and Madness, and a great decay in in [sic] the Vital Spirits: all which being considered, argueth death within a few days . . . all which are Arguments of short life." (p.135). Joseph Blagrave (1610-1682), astrologer, friend of Elias Ashmole to whom this work is dedicated. "Of his personal history we have no knowledge beyond what is to be gleaned from a perusal of his books. His youthful years were spent in the study of astronomy and astrology, afterwards in philosophy and the practice of physic, upon which he writes: 'Without some knowledge in astronomy one can be no astrologer, and without knowledge in astrology one can be no philosopher, and without knowledge both in astrology and philosophy one can be no good physician, the practice of which must be laid upon the five substantial pillars of time, virtue, number, sympathy, and antipathy' (Astrological Practice of Physick, Preface)... His character appears to have been a curious mixture of earnest piety with a profound belief in the virtues of astrology. Of the various cures which he claims to have effected, one of the most curious is that of casting out a dumb devil from a maid at Basingstoke, where we are quaintly informed that, after invoking the name of the Tetragrammaton with that of the blessed Trinity, 'the devil came forth, but invisible, with a great cry and hideous noise, raising a sudden gust of wind, and so vanished' (Astrological Practice of Physick, p. 124). The whole story is a curious study in the demonology of the seventeenth century. Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in 16th and 17th Century England. [numerous printings]. Wing B3119. Locations: British Library; Cambridge University; Edinburgh University; Glasgow University; Oxford University. Full title: Blagrave's Introduction To Astrology. In Three Parts.... The first containing the use of an ephemeris, and how to erect a figure of heaven to any time proposed: also the signification of the houses, planets, signs and aspects, the explanation of all useful terms of art; with plain and familiar instructions for the resolution of all manner of questions, and exemplified in every particular thereof, by figures set, and judged. The second treateth of elections; shewing their use and application, as they are constituted on the twelve celestial houses, ... The third comprehendeth an absolute method for rectifying and judging nativities, the signification and portents of directions, with new and experienced rules touching revolutions and transits, &c. First Edition.
Title: Blagrave's Introduction To Astrology. In Three Parts.... The first containing the use of an ephemeris, and how to erect a figure of heaven to any time proposed: also the signification of the houses, planets, signs and aspects, . . . &c.
Publisher: London:, E[van] Tyler & R[alph] Holt for Obadiah Blagrave, 1682.: 1682
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