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    [Featured Lot]. Ramesey [Ramsey], William. Astrologia Restaurata; or, Astrologie Restored: Being An Introduction To The General and Chief Part of the Language of the Stars. In Four Books. London: Robert White, 1653? Krown & Spellman retail: $1000.
    Folio. ยน2 [of 4,Lacks t.p. (supplied in facs. in old paper), & dedication leaf], (a)-(d)4, B-H4 [H4 blank present], G6, H-P4,Q6,R-2C4,2D6, 2E-2S4,2T6, 2U-2X4. [4 of 8], 38,[2],[12],49-112,[12],121-333,[19]pp. Contemp. sheep, old rebacking using original spine, title on paper label, corners broken, endpapers renewed when it was rebacked, ownership of Robert Bridges dated 1859 pn B1r and facing page, some contemporary and later 19th c. marginalia, minor worming in inner margin, occ. stains. Lacks portrait. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    William Ramesey (1627-1675) was physician in ordinary to Charles II.  "He spelt his name Ramesey (which, he said, meant "joy and delight"), because he thought his ancestors came from Egypt" DNB

    This edition contains Ramesey's answer to some earlier criticisms written in the form of a postscript. The work deals with all of the knowledge of astronomy at the time, names of stars, biblical references, eclipses, comets, blazing-stars, signs of the zodiac. There is a long introduction where, "Ramesey discourses on the fashions and frivolities of the Commonwealth period." Mellon, p.361. As this copy lacks its proper t.p. and the pagination of the first two editions are the same we cannot tell if it is the 1653 or 1654 edition.      Wing R201-3? Mellon, 105. Cantamessa 3717.Gardner, Astrologica, 1063.



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