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
Book Details + Condition: Printed by William Hughes (Islington Green), and sold by Sherwood and Co. (London). Very scarce First New Edition (published one year after the original), 1820. Hardcover with embossed brown leather boards; gilt title (etc) on spine. By James Wilson. 406 pages. Includes b&w charts and illustrations. "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." [This work is also now for sale; please visit our store for more information.] A firm and clean copy of a very scarce and famous work, with tight binding; wear to original boards, with rubbing present to leather; light foxing to first & last few pages; interior is clean and free of markings, save name and stamp on front endpapers.