1851 - DR. SIMMONITE'S HORARY ASTROLOGY OR PROGNOSTIC ASTRONOMER, 1st Ed OCCULT
THE PROGNOSTIC ASTRONOMER; OR, HORARY ASTROLOGY: CONTAINING AN IMPROVED METHOD OF SOLVING THE THOUSAND INQUIRIES RELATIVE TO FUTURITY — By Dr. W.J. Simmonite — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1851 — Astrology, Zodiac, Occult, Divination
Publisher: Simpkin, Marshal and Co., London (1851, No date provided)
Very scarce first edition, first printing of "The Prognostic Astronomer or Horary Astrology" from 1851 by Dr. W.J. Simmonite, in very well preserved condition. 196 pages, with Tables of Houses and Index at end. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for light shelfwear and some rubbing along the outer fore-edges. The pages are crisp and clean. Please see below for more information on William Joseph Simmonite.
Simmonite, William Joseph (ca. 1800-ca. 1862)
Prominent leader of the nineteenth-century astrology revival in England. Little is known of Simmonite's life prior to his appearance as a schoolteacher in Sheffield, England, in the 1830s. He knew several languages and was a mathematician. It appears he also practiced herbal medicine. His first book, The Practical Self-teaching Grammar of the English Language, appeared in 1841. Simmonite emerged as an astrologer in the mid-1840s with the publication of his first astrological text, Prognostications on Revolutions, or Solar Figures (1845). He continued to write through the remainder of his life, greatly expanding the minuscule number of books available to would-be astrologers of the era. His books went through many editions and were republished in the United States at the end of the century as the American phase of the astrology revival commenced. His work was noted for its erudite cast. Simmonite is also credited with simplifying the nature of the calculations required to construct a horoscope chart.