1885 - COMPLETE DICTIONARY OF ASTROLOGY - JAMES WILSON, 1st/1st - Scarce Occult
Dictionary of Astrology, in Which Every Technical and Abstruse Term Belonging to
the Science is Minutely and Correctly Explained, and the Various Systems and
Opinions of the Most Approved Authors Carefully Collected and Accurately
Defined — By James Wilson, 1st U.S. Edition / 1st Printing, 1885 — Astrology Occult, VERY SCARCE
Publisher: A.H. Roffe and Co., Boston (1885)
A Complete Dictionary of Astrology, in Which Every Technical and Abstruse Term Belonging to the Science is Minutely and Correctly Explained, and the Various Systems and Opinions of the Most Approved Authors Carefully Collected and Accurately Defined. By James Wilson. Scarce first American edition from 1885. 406 pages. The boards and binding are solid save for chipping at the spine ends, one rubbed corner and some shelfwear. Please see pictures. The pages are crisp and clean save old library paste-downs on the inside boards, library stamp on the first blank page, and embossed stamp on the title page. Please see below for more information on this scarce work.
Book Review and Description
"Based in large measure on a close study of the
works of Ptolemy and Placidus (among many others), it is a quirky, highly
personal view of the ancient science. It has been acclaimed the finest of all
astrological dictionaries. Wilson's goal was to force the student to think
about some of the basic assumptions in astrology. Wilson offers
extensive entries on (Primary) Directions, Faces, Figures, Forms of the Body,
Horary Astrology, Marriage, Part of Fortune, Weather, the judgment of
Revolutions, Progressions, Ingresses, Riches, Promittors, as well as many more.
A few years after this book, the author published his translation of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos, one of only a handful of men to have done so."