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    Titus, Didacus Placidus de. Primum Mobile, with Theses to the Theory and Canons For Practice; Wherein is Demonstrated, from Astronomical and Philosophical Principles, the Nature And Extent of Celestial Influx upon the Mental Faculties and Corporeal Affections of Man... London: Davis & Dickson, (1820?). 8vo. xvi,462p. Later cloth, hinges splitting, wear, library stamps, foxing. Frontis., text astrological charts. First Cooper edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $100.00

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    "Recommended by the present 'Zadkiel'," Gardner. Placido Titi (d.1668) of Perugia, monk of the Olivet Congregation, was one of the last staunch advocates of astrology. Thorndike describes him as "a sort of patron saint for astrologers in the second half of the seventeenth century," who "lent something like the odor of sanctity to that sorely beset art." Thorndike VIII, 302ff. "Placido held that the heavens acted upon the earth only by their light, thus abandoning any occult influence. If there were other stars in the sky than those we see, they do not act on us. As for the tides, however, he holds that the sun and moon do not draw the waters of the sea as a magnet attracts iron, but cause the tides by rarefaction and condensation."

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