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★ Brayne, John [XVII secolo]. Astrologie proved to be the old doctrine of demons, professed by the worshippers of Saturne, Jupiter, Mars, sunne and moone: in which is proved that the planetary and fixed starres are the powers of the ayre, which by Gods permission are directed by Satan the chiefe power thereof, by meanes whereof nothing can by their configurations be foreseen but by Satan. Farther, as Satan directs the ayery powers to act by in the unbelievers according to his will, so God before the Gospel used the Ministry of the elect angels to direct the Starry powers for the state of Antichrist. After the fall of Antichrist, and in the true church still God immediatly rules the powers by Jesus Christ; and in the thousand yeares Satan is to be bound, he shall not act by the Starry powers to decieve the nations more, when the Demon doctrine, by which the world three thousand years hath been decieved, shall cease, with the doctrine of Antichrist, the learning protest in academics of Aristotle, &c by which untill the devill is bound he decieves the nations. Written by an unworthy witnesse of the truth of God, John Brayne. London, printed by M.S. for John Hancock, and are to be sold at the first shop in Popes-head Alley, next to Corn-hill, 1653.

In 4° (19 cm), A-C4 D2, cc. [1], pp. 26. Frontespizio in cornice xilografica.

Quest’opera, dichiaratamente antiastrologica e dominata da fanatismo religioso (l’astrologia è figlia del Demonio), fu oggetto di replica da parte di John Gadbury con Animal Cornutum, pubblicato a Londra l’anno successivo (vedi la scheda n. 2802).

Esemplari: National Library of Scotland; British Library (2); Bodleian Library, Oxford; Aberdeen University; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München; Yale University.