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    [Featured Lot] Blagrave, Joseph. 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. London: E[van] Tyler & R[alph] Holt for Obadiah Blagrave, 1682. 8vo. A4, B - Y8. [Lacks A1 port.] [6], 329,[7 ads]p. Early 19th-century half sheep over boards, spine restored, rubbed; closed inner margin tear on E2, marginal mss astrological chart on B6r, occasional browning and minor stains. Text geniture cuts. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    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.

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