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    Partridge, John. [Mikropanastron: or an Astrological Vade Mecum. Briefly teaching the whole art of astrology, viz. questions, nativities, with all its parts, and the whole doctrine of elections, never so comprised nor compiled before; so that the young student may learn as much here as in the great volumes of Guido, Haly, or Origanus.] London: [for Edward Brewster,] [1692]. 12mo. E3 title to second part used as t.p.[Lacks A1 license, port. A2 t.p., A3 first leaf of dedication], A4-12,*12, B-I12, K1-5.[Lacks K6-R12,Q6.] [44 of 48], 202 [lacks 203-348]. Calf backed cloth boards; inner margin of second t.p. repaired in inner margin with old tape stain, trimmed into head with minor loss, pages darkened, soiled with occasional edge tears, old tape repairs on 3 leaves A 11,a12, *1. Second Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $375


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    Partridge, John (1644Ð1715), astrologer and almanac writer.

    "About 1677 Partridge moved to Covent Garden, London (in James or Henrietta Street), where he issued his first publication, Calendarium Judiacum, or, An Almanack (1678). This was quickly followed the next year by five astrological works: Mikropanastr n, or, An Astrological Vade Mecum; Ekkl sialogia: an Almanack (1679); Vox lunaris, 'being a philosophical and Astrological Discourse of two Moons which were seen in London on 11 June 1679'; an essay on the nativity of Louis XIV; and Prodromus, 'an astrological essay'... In the main, however, Partridge's energies in this decade were devoted to astrological battles. He was the acknowledged leader of a programme to reform astrology, which he viewed as corrupted (also a whig and republican theme), and which he intended to restore to its former glory by 'Reviving the True and Ancient Method laid down for our Direction by the Great Ptolemy'. He announced his aim in Opus reformatum (1693). For Partridge and his principal ally, John Whalley, Ptolemy had provided something very like the equivalent of the whigs' 'Ancient Constitution' for astrologers..Partridge's programme to rescue astrology was a failure. The sharp decline in respect for that subject was due to political developments and broad social changes, especially since about 1660, which were quite out of the control of any individual astrologers and any merely internal reform. His Ptolemaic astrology was taken into the early nineteenth century by John Worsdale, with equal rigour but equal lack of general acceptance."

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