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

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    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].


    " 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.

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