1833 - ZADKIEL THE SEER - THE GRAMMAR OF ASTROLOGY, 1st/1st - Very Scarce Occult
THE GRAMMAR OF ASTROLOGY, CONTAINING ALL THINGS NECESSARY FOR CALCULATING A NATIVITY BY COMMON ARITHMETIC — by Zadkiel The Seer (Richard James Morrison) — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1833 — Exceedingly Scarce Astrology, Occult
Publisher: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, London (1862)
Very scarce first edition, first printing from 1862 of "The Grammar of Astrology" by Zadkiel, in well preserved condition. The original dark green boards and binding (with original paste-down on front board) are solid and tight save for light shelfwear. Top of first blank page has been cut (this may be original to the book). The pages are crisp, clean and free of interior markings save for a few spots of very light foxing on the back blank end paper. 159 pages, with illustrations and tables throughout. Advertisements at rear. Please see below for more information on Zadkiel, his work and influence.
Zadkiel (Richard James Morrison)
The contemporary revival of interest in astrology reversed a trend that saw astrology almost disappear from Western culture by the end of the eighteenth century. Richard James Morrison was one of the fundamental Astrologers responsible for its return with his core foundational books most notably, The Hand Book of Astrology, which is still used to this day.
Morrison was born on June 15, 1795, in London. He joined the navy at the age of 11 and rose to the rank of lieutenant in 1815 during the Napoleonic wars. He retired in 1817, still a young man. He became interested in astrology through R. C. Smith, better known under his pen name, Raphael. Morrison adopted the pen name Zadkiel and began an astrological almanac, The Herald of Astrology.