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    Coley's Work on Astrology with Kepler's Tables and a Rare Moveable Volvelle

    Henry Coley and Johannes Kepler. Clavis Astrologiae Elimata: or A Key to the Whole Art of Astrology New Filed and Polished. In Three Parts. Containing I. An introduction; by which an ordinary capacity may understand the grounds thereof, and how to set a figure upon any occasion: with the schemes of the cusps of the coelestial houses in copper plates, ... II. Select aphorismes; with rules and examples how to resolve or judge all lawful questions astrological, from a radical scheme erected: also elections, and other necessary precepts of art. III. The genethliacal part; wherein is shewn how to rectifie and calculate nativities, according to Regiomontnus, Argol, and Keppler; with some varieties in the doctrine of directions, revolutions, and profections, ... also tables, ... both for calculation, and demonstration. To which are added the Rudolphine tables, whereby the places of the planets may be calculated for any time, past, present, or to come. The second edition, much enlarged and amended. London: for Benjamin Tooke & Thomas Strawbridge, 1676. Second expanded edition. First English Edition of Kepler's Tables. Two works in one volume, Coley's Clavis Astrologiae Elimata in octavo format and Kepler's Rudolphine Tables in quarto format. Π1, A8, a4 [Lacks a5-8, prefatory poems etc.], B-3A8 [Lacks Q3], 3B12; A-I4, K8, L4. [26 of 36], 759 [Lacks pages 231-2], [3], 69, [1], 81-103, [1] pages. Lacks portrait, with volvelle on C1 with movable part (very rare!), lacks astrological chart and portrait of Coley at 2O8v (also rare). Lacks the added thrity-two engraved tables on sixteen leaves which should follow the text. Old calf, rebacked, gilt and blind rules; banded spine, gilt title); occasional notes, some light paper toning, small tear in Coley title page and Kepler A2, archival support along hinge of title page, else in very good condition. Setting of 'Capacity' in line nine of the title in variant one: with whole word. Wing C 5099 & K332. ESTC r39993 & ESTCr9771.T.C. 1,241. Gardner, Astrologica, 232. Houzeau & Lancaster 5273. Caspar, Kepler, 97. Cushing C317 & K50. Cantamessa I, 1014. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Henry Coley and Johannes Kepler. Clavis Astrologiae Elimata: or A Key to the Whole Art of Astrology New Filed and Polished. In Three Parts. Containing I. An introduction; by which an ordinary capacity may understand the grounds thereof, and how to set a figure upon any occasion: with the schemes of the cusps of the coelestial houses in copper plates, ... II. Select aphorismes; with rules and examples how to resolve or judge all lawful questions astrological, from a radical scheme erected: also elections, and other necessary precepts of art. III. The genethliacal part; wherein is shewn how to rectifie and calculate nativities, according to Regiomontnus, Argol, and Keppler; with some varieties in the doctrine of directions, revolutions, and profections, ... also tables, ... both for calculation, and demonstration. To which are added the Rudolphine tables, whereby the places of the planets may be calculated for any time, past, present, or to come. The second edition, much enlarged and amended.  London: for Benjamin Tooke & Thomas Strawbridge, 1676.           

    Second expanded edition. First English Edition of Kepler's Tables. Two works in one volume, Coley's Clavis Astrologiae Elimata in octavo format and Kepler's Rudolphine Tables in quarto format. p1, A8, a4 [Lacks a5-8, prefatory poems etc.], B-3A8 [Lacks Q3], 3B12; A-I4, K8, L4. [26 of 36], 759 [Lacks pages 231-2], [3], 69, [1], 81-103, [1] pages. Lacks portrait, with volvelle on C1 with movable part (very rare!), lacks astrological chart and portrait of Coley at 2O8v (also rare). Lacks the added thrity-two engraved tables on sixteen leaves which should follow the text. Old calf, rebacked, gilt and blind rules; banded spine, gilt title); occasional notes, some light paper toning, small tear in Coley title page and Kepler A2, archival support along hinge of title page, else in very good condition.  Setting of 'Capacity' in line nine of the title in variant one: with whole word.                                      

    Henry Coley (1633-1695?), mathematician and astrologer. "He was the adopted son of the astrologer, William Lilly, who constantly makes reference in his works to Coley's merit as a man and as a professor of mathematics and occult science. He is best known by his celebrated work, Clavis Astrologiæ Elimata; or a Key to the whole Art of Astrology, new filed and polished, which was first published in 1669 (not in 1663, as stated by Sibly), and of which a second and enlarged edition was published in 1676... Coley attained considerable distinction as a mathematician. We are told by his almanack that he taught 'arithmetic, vulgar, decimal, and logarithmical, geometry, trigonometry, astronomy, navigation, the use of the celestial and terrestrial globes, dialling, surveying, gaging, measuring, and the art of astrology in all its branches,' at Baldwin's Gardens." -DNB.

    Kepler's '...tables are extraordinarily important, for they document in a unique way Kepler's great contributions to astronomy' (Gingerich, Johannes Kepler and the Rudolphine Tables). "In his own eyes Kepler was a speculative physicist and cosmologist; to his imperial employers he was a mathematician charged with completing Tyco's planetary tables. He spent most of his working years with this task hanging as a burden as well as a challenge; ultimately it provided the chief vehicle for the recognition of his astronomical accomplishments." -DSB.

    The Tabulae were translated by Coley from Morin's edition of 1650 and are sometimes found as a separate publication which the date of 1675 on the title page may support. It may also explain the difference in the collation (this being in 4s).

    Wing C 5099 & K332. ESTC r39993 & ESTCr9771.T.C. 1,241. Gardner, Astrologica, 232. Houzeau & Lancaster 5273. Caspar, Kepler, 97. Cushing C317 & K50. Cantamessa I, 1014.



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