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★ “Heydon, C.” [XVIII secolo]. Astrology. The Wisdom of Solomon in Miniature, Being A New Doctrine of Nativities, reduced to accuracy and certainty; or, The Art of determining Future Events by the only True Method, The Radical Figure of Birth. A Science, by many years intense Study and Labour, brought to a Degree of Perfection hitherto unknown. The whole containing The Essence, Beauties, and Substance of all Pieces, Ancient and Modern, conjoined; a Variety of new Matters added; the Jargon of obsolete, and the Errors of Modern Authors expunged; and digested in a Manner so plain, familiar and easy, that a Person of the meanest Capacity, may become Proficient in it. Demostrating to a certainty Every Person’s future Rise or Fall in the World, and shewing him whether he is subject to have Riches, Poverty, Honour, Dignities, Sickness, Marriage, Friends, Health, Children, Enemies. No Matter whether descended from a Prince or a Beggar. Also, a curious Collection of Nativities, never before published. By C. Heydon, Astrophilo. London, Printed for A. Hamilton, No. 18, near Gray’s-Inn-Gate, Holborn. 1792.

In 4° (16.8 cm), [ ]1 a4 B-T6 U4, litografia ripiegata all’antiporta (i Pianeti illuminano un gruppo di persone), pp. viii (la ii è bianca) 222, cc. [1 bianca]. Una litografia ripiegata tra a4 e B1 (schema astrologico delle Case), di Battersby. 6 schemi astrologici nel testo.

Breve trattato di astrologia pura, ordinatamente costruito, e scritto in un’epoca in cui questa disciplina era decisamente al tramonto. Faceva eccezione in quegli anni in Inghilterra il solo John Worsdale, un astrologo della stessa caratura di William Lilly (e dunque l’altro, solo, astrologo di alto livello vissuto in Inghilterra). Tutti i temi vengono toccati, sia pure sinteticamente. Da pagina 155 a pagina 198, traduzione in inglese della Doctrine of Nativities di Leo Allacius, bibliotecario Vaticano (alias Leone Allacci, traduttore della Procli Diadochi Paraphrasis in Ptolemaei libros IV. De siderum effectionibus a Leone Allatio e graeco in latinum conversa, Lugduni Batavorum, 1635: vedi la scheda n. 6341). Lo pseudonimo “C. Heydon”, che figura quale autore, evoca Christopher Heydon (vedi, inoltre, la nota a commento dell’opera descritta nella scheda precedente).

Esemplari: John Rylands University Library, Manchester; Wellcome Library; University of London; Manchester University; National Library of Scotland; National Library of Wales; Lyfrgell Genedlaethol CYMRU National Library, Caredigion; Yale University; University of Arizona; Northwestern University, Illinois; Brigham Young University; New York Public Library Research; Harvard University, Harvard College Library.

Bibliografia: Gardner 571.