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    John Partridge. Opus Reformatum: Or, A Treatise Of Astrology.... London: 1693.

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    John Partridge. Opus Reformatum: Or, A Treatise Of Astrology. In Which The Common Errors of that Art are Modestly Exposed and Rejected. With an Essay towards the Reviving the True and Ancient Method laid down for our Direction by the Great Ptolomy; and more agreeable to the Principles of Motion and Nature, than that commonly Practiced and Taught. In Two Parts. London: For Awnsham and John Churchill, 1693.

    First edition. Quarto. A4, a4, B-Y4. [2], xiii, [1], 168 pages. Contemporary mottled morocco blind rules and corner fleuron, some rubbing, small leather crack on front board, rear hinge split at bottom, small pieces of leather chipped off lower edge of rear cover and head of spine, paper labels on spine; title page has piece excised from top to remove old owner's name, Y gathering loose along lower hinge split, some contemporary astrological notes, as well as some from a later nineteenth century hand, a manuscript geniture of "W. W. Blanchard born July 8th 1806...died Sept. 28, 1806" on front paste-down; a table of the textual genitures of famous men on the rear paste-down; few small marginal holes and tracks from biopredation not affecting text, occasional soiling, dampstains, paper evenly age toned, otherwise very good. Wing P625. ESTC r26180. Gardner, Astrologica, 913. Cantamessa 3336. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    John Partridge (1644-1715), English astrologer and almanac writer, is probably best remembered for his Merlinus Liberatus, his predictions for the coming year. Around 1708, the satirist Jonathan Swift created a stir by purporting the death of Partridge on March 29 of that year, and Partridge spent much time and effort to dismiss the public's belief in such an event.

    "...Partridge was the acknowledged leader of this second and very different reform program. Its substance was contained in his two principal works, Opus Reformatum, appeared in 1693, and announced his intention of 'Reviving the True and Ancient Method...by the Great Ptolemy.' He lamented all the cheats and frauds, especially Gadbury and 'his crowd of Errors,' and described his own study of astrology as 'no otherways than a Branch of Natural Philosophy..." -Patrick Curry, Prophecy And Power, 1989.]

    "All the best parts...are taken from the book written by Didacus Placidus de Titus and published A.D. 1650 at Milan...Probably this explains why these books are so much sought after in the present day, as they are held in high estimation..." - Gardner.                       

    Wing P625. ESTC r26180. Gardner, Astrologica, 913. Cantamessa 3336.



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