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The Beauties of Occult Science Investigated; or, the Celestial Intelligencer in Two Parts: Introduction to Astrology / Method of Calculating, Directing, and Judging Nativities.

White, Thomas

Published by Anne Davis, London, 1810
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A rare and important work by Thomas White, astrological martyr who, according to biographer Patrick Curry, essentially died for publishing this work: "White, Thomas (d. 1813), astrologer, was the author of The Beauties of Occult Science Investigated, or, The Celestial Intelligencer (1810), published in London and Bath, where he may have lived. Little else is known of his life. One of the relatively rare textbooks of astrology published in this period, The Beauties was reprinted in 1811. A Set of Astronomical Tables for 1780–83 also appeared, in 1811. The title of White's main work assumes that judicial astrology is the essence of occult science. Although strongly criticized by one of the few other astrologers then in print, John Worsdale, it was a reasonably comprehensive introduction to that subject which, together with an ephemeris, would have enabled its practice. It shows signs of the continuing ascendancy of natural philosophy, defining astrology as ‘the effects derived from the amazing powers of mutual attraction of the different parts and masses (great or small) of matter’ (White, 9). White is chiefly remembered, however, for his end. In 1813 he was living and working as an astrologer in the Isle of Wight. He was approached by a police informer posing as a client, who asked for and received a reading of his nativity, and paid with marked money. White was then arrested and charged under the Vagrancy Act for ‘pretending and professing to tell Fortunes’. He was convicted, and his books and papers seized. He died in 1813 after three months in Winchester gaol. This use of the act against non-vagrant astrologers alarmed many of them. It seems to have set a precedent, and such prosecutions continued sporadically until 1917; the clause was quietly repealed after examination by parliamentary committee in 1989." This appears to be the First Edition in its original state of papered boards and fragile leather spine strip with original paper spine label intact but toned and only partially legible. The untrimmed edges are wavy with a few short tears, age toning and foxing occurring to margins without any loss of text. 436pp. See photos for condition particulars. Bookseller Inventory # 036854

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Title: The Beauties of Occult Science Investigated;...

Publisher: Anne Davis, London

Publication Date: 1810

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: First Edition.

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