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[TURNER, Robert.]

Astrological Institutions.

Being a perfect Isagoge To the whole Astral Science; or Judgment of the Nature, Vertue and Influence of the Celestial Bodies upon the Terrestrial. By which Active (not Compulsive) Virtue, all manner of Questions incident to sublunary Actions, Affairs and Conditions, are resolved according to the Position of the Heavens. By a Student in Physick and Astrologie.

London, Printed by J[ames]. C[ottrell]. for Samuel Speed, 1658 Stock Code: 139144
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First edition of this illustrated astrological manual, explaining the influence of the planets and their alignments, and how to use astrology to answer questions such as whether a woman is with child, whether her husband is really the father, whether a disease shall be fatal, whether stolen goods will be returned, whether a legal trial will fall in your favour, and so forth. As the preface says, there were many similar books in Latin, but there were few astrological guides in English. Robert Turner (1619-1665) published various medical and astrological works, both his own and in translation. A variant title page which does name the author is known without any established priority. The book is scarce, with ESTC locating 12 copies between the two variants.

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Octavo (159 x 104 mm). Contemporary calf, spine ruled in gilt with red morocco label, red edges.


With letterpress table bound as double-page spread (in some copies bound as folded plate); 20 engraved vignettes (including signs of the zodiac) within text.


Front pastedown with early heraldic bookplate of the Price family (crest with three rampant lions one holding a rose with the motto "Auxilium Meum in Domino"). Bound without terminal blank. Extremities worn, joints splitting at head though holding; front free endpaper loosening a little at head and with residue of removed bookplate, contents lightly browned with occasional foxing, offsetting to endpapers and facing leaves, closely cropped at head with occasional loss to headlines and page numbers. A very good copy.


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