Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Ebenezer Sibly. A Complete Illustration of The Celestial Science of Astrology: or, The Art of Foretelling Future Events ..... London: 1788.

    More Information:

    Ebenezer Sibly. A Complete Illustration Of The Celestial Science Of Astrology: Or, The Art Of Foretelling Future Events And Contingencies, By The Aspects, Positions, and Influences of the heavenly Bodies; Founded On Natural Philosophy, Scripture, Reason, and the Mathematics. In Four Parts. London: For Green and Co., 1788.

    First edition, later issue. Quarto. Four parts in one volume. Frontispiece by James Roberts, twenty-eight plates some signed by Ames after designs by Sibly, several in-text tables, charts, and diagrams. Lacks Cicero plate.

    ¹1(title page) A2, a2, B-13B2. [2], viii, [lacks ix-xii] 13-28, [29-38 omitted from numbering] 39-106, (pages 107-110 missing) 1126, [3] pages. [Page 350 correctly numbered]. Late eighteenth century calf over marbled boards, spine with gilt rules and gilt lettered leather title label. Armorial bookplate of "Le Gendre Pierre Starkie" on front pastedown.

     

    Front and back covers detached, boards rubbed and varnished, surface paper loss and old repairs, spine with cracks and surface leather loss; loose endpapers and fly-leaves, dampstain in outer margin to page 127, dampstains to last few leaves, few holograph pencil marks or notations, occasional smudges and soiling; else a good copy.    From the Krown & Spellman Collection.                           

     

    Sibly (1751-1799/1800) "Famous eighteenth-century astrologer...he is believed to have been born in Bristol, England. He came to London to study surgery and in 1792 graduated as doctor of medicine from King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland... practiced both medicine and astrology after graduation from King's College in Aberdeen...(he) styled himself an 'astro-philosopher'." - [Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology].

     

    "..it would be quite incorrect to dismiss Sibly simply as an occultist. It is true that he was deeply convinced of the need to search for truth in the works of older alchemists, natural magicians, and astrologers. He wrote with conviction of the vital spirit and the anima mundi--and of sympathetic forces that bound together the great and small worlds. Yet, Sibly also felt comfortable with the most recent scientific journals and he sought to accommodate this research to his own world view. Heberden, Newton, Priestly, and Lavoisier were no less important to him than Aristotle, Hermes Trismegistus, Khunrath, and Paracelsus. Even more important, the recent work of Mesmer seemed to offer the most powerful proof of his own cosmic interpretation of man and nature." - [Alan Debus quoted in Godwin, Theosophical Enlightenment].

     

    The Biblioteca Esoterica points out that Sibly made some extraordinary predictions about the American Revolution and its aftermath as well as the French--the fall of the King, the reasons for the revolution, etc. This work appeared under a slightly altered title with "Occult Sciences" in the main body of the title in 1790. Indeed, many of sources seem unaware of the first edition. It was issued in weekly numbers and there are at least three imprints for the first edition For the Proprietors (including Sibly), Green & Co., and E. Beetham as the publishers. The only difference that we can find is that the early issues have xii numbered pages before the text instead of viii; the "Questions" [ix-xii, b2] having been apparently removed from subsequent issues. Ours is the second issue of the Green & Co. issue with 1788 on all four title-pages.

     

    ESTC n72368. OCLC: 5829263 (1784-1788). Gardner, Astrologica:1167. Caillet 10178. Lowndes IV, 2393.  Graesse VI:1, 397.  Bib. Esoterica  4577 "ouvrage fort rare".  Cantamessa 4214.



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 590

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Nov 5, 2015 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 37 days left to consign to the 2021 November 7 Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search