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Lilly The Worlds Catastrophe 1647 Europes Mutations Until 1666 Astrology 1st Nr For Sale

Lilly The Worlds Catastrophe 1647 Europes Mutations Until 1666 Astrology 1st Nr

  OFFERED WITH is THE EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY DESIRABE 1647 FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM LILLY’S ‘THE WORLDS CATASTROPHE, OR, EUROPES MANY MUTATIONS UNTIL, 1666’ WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY ELIAS ASHMOLE, AND WITH LILLY’S SCURRILOUS ‘A WHIP FOR WHARTON,’ printed in English in quarto at London for John Partridge and Humphrey Blunden, PARTICULARLY FAMOUS FOR ITS IDENTIFICATION OF THE YEAR 1666 AS THE YEAR OF CALAMITY, INCLUDING FOR PLAGUE AND FIRE, complete in all respects, in very good to excellent condition, finely bound in modern red morocco, WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED WITH TWO LARGE AND COMPLEX ASTROLOGICAL WOODCUTS, AND EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH A 19TH CENTURY PORTRAIT OF LILLY INCLUDED AS A FRONTISPIECE. This is a very rare book. There does not seem to have been a copy at sale between 1939 and 2005. The latter, which was sold at Christie’s in 2005, does not seem to have included the ‘Whip for Wharton,’ which is in fact present in the copy offered here. The volume may be referenced as Wing L2252.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“The Worlds Catastrophe, or, Europes many Mutations until, 1666. / The Fate of Englands Monarchy until its Subversion. Government of the World under God by the seven Planetary Angels; their Names, Times of Government. An exact Type of the Three Suns Seen in Cheshire and Shropshire, 3 April 1647. Their Signification and Portent, Astrologically handled. / By William Lilly Student in Astrologie: Who is, Amicus Patriae, & veritatis Amator. / To which is added, A Whip for Wharton. / London, Printed for John Partridge, and Humphrey Blunden, and are to be sold at the Cock in Ludgate-street, and a the Castle in Cornhill, 1647.”

 

LILLY IDENTIFIES ASTROLOGICALLY ALL OF THE CALAMITIES AND CHANGES THE WORLD WILL FACE BETWEEN 1647 AND 1666. FAMOUSLY, HE PREDICTED PLAGUE AND FIRE; EQUALLY FAMOUSLY THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON OCCURRED IN 1665-66, AND THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON DESTROYED THE CITY IN 1666.

  The first two paragraphs of Lilly’s ‘To the Reader’ state plainly that the great occultist and alchemist Elias Ashmole was the translator of at least two of the works in this volume (‘A Prophecie of Ambrose Merlin’ and ‘John Tritemius, Abbot of Spanheim, of the heavenly intelligencies, governing the Orbes under God’):   “I Had private thoughts of publishing these three succeeding Treatises, some moneths since, but my continuall imployments, and stedfast desire of perfecting an Introduction to Astrology (now in the Press) silenced my further Notions: But one day, happily complaining of my want of convenient time, to Translate these three succeeding Treatises unto Elias Ashmole Esquire, my noble Friend, and what pretty pieces they were, and how desirous I was, my Country men of England should be made partakers of them: This worthy Gentleman no sooner heard my dcomplaint, but offered Balsom to the wound, and most humanely and courteously proferred his learned indeavours to make Catastrophe Mundi, and Merlini Prophetiae, render themselves in the English tongue.   “A work, I assure you, both painfull, and full of intricate Laborinths, well becoming that sharpness of wit, wherewith he is naturally endowed: Which Version of his into our mother-tongue he hath excellently performed in significant Language, and terms of Art correspondent to the sence of the first Author: In Astrologie he is well versed, and in Antiquities no mean Student; for who shall read Merlin in the Latin Copy, shall Wonder at the dexterity and sharp apprehension of this Gentleman, that being in years so young, should understand and distinguish terms and names, so obsolete, and not frequently vulgar; and yet hath he rendred them in our mother-tongue in so commpliant and decent Phrase, as might well have become an Antiquary of double his years.”  

From Wikipedia:  

William Lilly (11 May [O.S. 1 May] 1602 – 9 June 1681), was an English astrologer famed during his time. Lilly was particularly adept at interpreting the astrological charts drawn up for horary questions, as this was his speciality.

 

Lilly caused much controversy in 1652 for allegedly predicting the Great Fire of London some 14 years before it happened. For this reason many people believed that he might have started the fire, but there is no evidence to support these claims. He was tried for the offence in Parliament but was found to be innocent.

 

William Lilly was born in 1602 in Diseworth, Leicestershire, where his family were long-established yeomen. He received a basic classical education at the school of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, under John Brinsley; but makes a point of saying that his master never taught logic. At the age of seventeen, his father having fallen into poverty, he went to London and was employed in attendance on an elderly couple. His master, at his death in 1627, left him an annuity of £20; and, Lilly having soon afterwards married the widow, she, dying in 1633, left him property to the value of about £1000.

 

He began to dabble in astrology, reading all the books on the subject he could fall in with, and occasionally trying his hand at unravelling mysteries by means of his art. The years 1642 and 1643 were devoted to a careful revision of all his previous reading, and in particular, having lighted on Valentine Naibod's Commentary on Alcabitius, he "seriously studied him and found him to be the profoundest author he ever met with." About the same time he tells us that he “did carefully take notice of every grandaction betwixt king and parliament, and did first then incline to believe that as all sublunary affairs depend on superior causes, so there, was: a possibility of discovering them by the configurations of the superior bodies." And, having thereupon "made some essays," he "found encouragement to proceed further, and ultimately framed to himself that method which he ever afterwards followed."

 

Lilly's most comprehensive book was published in 1647 and was entitled Christian Astrology. It is so large that it came in three separate volumes in modern times, and it remains popular even today and has never gone totally out-of-print. It is considered one of the classic texts for the study of traditional astrology from the Middle Ages, in particular horary astrology, which is mainly concerned with predicting future events or investigating unknown elements of current affairs, based on an astrological chart cast for the time a particular question is asked of the astrologer. Lilly studied thousands of horary charts, most of the time successfully giving correct answers for a wide range of questions from the location of missing fishes to the outcome of battles. Worked examples of horary charts are found in Volume 2 of Christian Astrology.

 

He then began to issue his prophetical almanacs and other works, which met with serious attention from some of the most prominent members of the Long Parliament. Lilly was on intimate terms with Bulstrode Whitelocke, William Lenthall the speaker, Sir Philip Stapleton, Elias Ashmole and others. Even John Selden seems to have acknowledged him, and probably the chief difference between him and the mass of the community at the time was that, while others believed in the general truth of astrology, he ventured to specify the future events to which he referred.

 

In 1650, Lilly wrote a preface to Sir Christopher Heydon's An Astrological Discourse with Mathematical Demonstrations, a defence of astrology written about 1608 which was first published posthumously, largely at the expense of Elias Ashmole.

 

After the Restoration he very quickly fell into disrepute. His sympathy with the parliament, which his predictions had generally shown, was not calculated to bring him into royal favour. He came under the lash of Samuel Butler, who, making allowance for some satiric exaggeration, has given in the character of Sidrophel a probably not very incorrect picture of the man; and, having by this time amassed a tolerable fortune, he bought a small estate at Hersham in Surrey, to which he retired, and where he diverted the exercise of his peculiar talents to the practice of medicine. He died in 1681. In 2003 a commemorative plaque was placed next to the disused Aldwych tube station on the Strand. Lilly lived in a house on the site of the former Strand tube station, Aldwych, 1627-1665.

 

The publication of a facsimile of the original 1647 edition of Lilly's Christian Astrology in 1985 by Regulus Publishing Company Ltd., in the UK, brought about a renaissance inastrological scholarship in North America and Europe, and also a transformation of the techniques of modern astrology. Olivia Barclay and other British astrologers began to unearth Lilly's astrological work, and were influential in the eventual re-publication of Christian Astrology.

   

THIS 1647 ‘WORLDS CATASTROPHE’ IS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS. The volume is paginated as follows: [6], 71, [1]. The volume measures about 18.8 cm by 14.1 cm by 1.2 cm; each leaf measures about 183 mm by 137 mm.

 

The volume is attractively bound in modern full red morocco, decorated in gilt with the spine divided by raised bands into 6 compartments. The binding is in excellent condition and, aside from some fading of the leather upon the front board, is essentially without wear.

 

Internally, the volume is in very good to excellent condition, with generally clean pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. The first three leaves and the final leaf are mildly and evenly toned. The final leaf also bears a small rust hole in its center, costing one word and part of a second. The portrait is an excellent impression and quite clean, with only some slight spotting at its edges. Taken generally, this is a very appealing example internally.

 

In all, this is THE EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY DESIRABE 1647 FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM LILLY’S ‘THE WORLDS CATASTROPHE, OR, EUROPES MANY MUTATIONS UNTIL, 1666’ WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY ELIAS ASHMOLE, AND WITH LILLY’S SCURRILOUS ‘A WHIP FOR WHARTON,’ printed in English in quarto at London for John Partridge and Humphrey Blunden, PARTICULARLY FAMOUS FOR ITS IDENTIFICATION OF THE YEAR 1666 AS THE YEAR OF CALAMITY, INCLUDING FOR PLAGUE AND FIRE, complete in all respects, in very good to excellent condition, finely bound in modern red morocco, WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED WITH TWO LARGE AND COMPLEX ASTROLOGICAL WOODCUTS, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH A 19TH CENTURY PORTRAIT OF LILLY INCLUDED AS A FRONTISPIECE, and OFFERED WITH .

 

 

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