Works on Bible Astrology and Christian astrological traditions in the library

Shortlist compiled by Philip Graves, 22nd – 26th January 2024

Albano, Giacomo ‘The Mystery of Jesus Unveiled by Astrology’, no place stated, 2011[1]. Glossy card covers

Anderson, Karl, S.P.R.+, Professor of Chaldean, Arabian, and Egyptian Astrology ‘The Astrology of the Old Testament or the Lost Word Regained’ Karl Anderson Publisher, Boston, 1892. Cloth (light wear to extremities of spine and outer corners of boards; inner front and rear paper hinges cracking in places). (Binding internally slightly cracked in a few places but strong beneath.) [2] + [pp. iii-v] + [pp. vii-viii] + 32pp + [plate] + [pp. 33-46] + [plate] + [pp. 47-84] + [large folding diagram] + [pp. 85-188] + [plate] + [pp. 189-240] + [plate] + [pp. 241-2] + [plate] + [pp. 243-248] + [plate] + [pp. 249-324] + [folding chart] + [pp. 325-355] + [pp. 357-502]

Anderson, Karl, S...P...R...+ ..., Professor of Chaldean, Arabian, and Egyptian Astrology ‘The Astrology of the Old Testament or the Lost Word Regained’ Health Research, Pomeroy, WA, unclearly dated[1a]. Four-panel folding chart and six-panel folding illustration laid-in loose, as issued. Card covers. (Lower third of ffep loose.) [2] + [pp.iii-v] + [pp. vii-viii] + 32 + [illustration] + [pp. 33-46] + [illustration] + [pp. 47-188] + [illustration] + [pp. 189-240] + [illustration] + [pp. 241-2] + [illustration] + [pp. 243-248] + [illustration] + [pp. 249-355] + [pp. 357-502]

Annis, John H., D. O.; intr. Dequer, John H. ‘The Mystic Key, or Bible Astrology, being a Scientific and Philosophic Explanation of Bible Characters’ For sale by Ruth S. Annis, Los Angeles, Calif. (imprint to title page) / Llewellyn Publishing Co., Los Angeles, Calif. (imprint to copyright page), 1927. Folded early Brotherhood of Light order form laid-in at rear. Original pictorially gilt-stamped cloth (gilt partly faded; light wear to foot of spine; wear to lower outer corners of boards; a few small holes in rear spine hinge). [Glued-on frontis.] + [2] + [2 leaves] + [1] + [pp. 8-184]

Anonymous (1) ‘The Ancient Sacred and Secret Law of the Spirit-Christ[1b]. Portrayed in the Star of Bethlehem. Being a treatment of the secret and hidden law of the very ancient and indivisible priesthood of the Sons of God. They who in times past, because of great excellency of Spirit, were able to contact the higher Presence, and to commune with those things which were finished, established, made perfect, and all good. Also were able to leave to coming generations of this earth, this sacret and secret doctrine, which was to influence the whole world and to save it from its own destructive laws’ Published by The Ancient Record Publishers, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., 1927. Original thin card covers. Staplebound pamphlet (slight rusting to staples). [1] + [pp. 2-24] + [rear cover featuring 1 page of advertisements]

Augusts, Edvins ‘Christian Astrology – Based on the Birthchart of Jesus’ Stated Limited First Edition – Mystic Books, 823 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, Ca., 1997. Card covers. Staplebound pamphlet. [2] + [pp. 3-56]

Barthel, Peter and van Kooten, George, ed. ‘[Themes in Biblical Narrative, Jewish and Christian Traditions[2], Volume 19:] The Star of Bethlehem and the Magi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Experts on the Ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman World, and Modern Astronomy[3]‘ Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2015. Glossy paper-covered boards (light wear to outer corners of rear board, upper outer corner of front board, and foot of front hinge). [4] + [1 leaf] + [pp. vii-ix] + [pp. xi-xxi] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 3-158] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 161-198] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 201-268] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 271-357] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 361-429] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 433-651] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 655-695]

Brunton, Thomas, Ingénieur ‘La Bible et l’Astronomie’ Ch. Maréchal, Imprimeur, 16, Passage des Petites-Écuries, Paris, 1875. Quarter-cloth (frayed and worn down parts of hinges and slightly at extremities of spine) with paper-covered boards (heavily worn at outer corners and lower edges). (Rear inner paper hinge slightly cracked; binding also internally slightly cracked before p. 93 and between pp. 204-5, pp. 260-1, pp. 284-5, pp. 316-7, pp. 324-5, and pp. 332-3; mostly still strongly held by cords beneath, but some joints might benefit from professional internal tape reinforcement. Most pages still joined to consecutive ones at top edges; require opening.) [2 leaves] + [pp. 5-19] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 23-46] + [double-page colour plate] + [pp. 47-89] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 93-375] + [4]

Bryan, C. R. ‘The Zodiacal Bible[4]‘ DeVorss & Co., Publishers, 843 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 1935. Outwardly textured paper covers. [2-panel fold-out colour chart] + [4] + [pp. ix-x] + [pp. 11-45]

Christiaen, Yves ‘L’Astrologie, Le Christianisme et l’Homme’ La Roue Céleste – Dervy Livres, 1988

Collingwood, W. Gershom, M. A., Sometime Scholar of University College, Oxford ‘Astrology in the Apocalypse: An Essay on Biblical Allusions to Chaldean Science’ George Allen, Sunnyside, Orpington, Kent, 1886. Two copies. Both copies: Original lightly pebbled cloth with gilt titling to spine. Copy A: (Heavy wear to top of spine; wear to foot of same and to most outer corners of boards; small nick in cloth on spine. Small piece cut out from upper outer corners of first two preliminary leaves, far from text). Copy B: (heavy wear to extremities of spine; tearing towards top of rear hinge; moderate wear to remainder of spine hinges; very heavy wear to upper outer corners of boards; wear to lower outer corners; some wear to edges of boards). (Light separation to front inner paper hinge. Previous owner’s green highlighting to occasional words on pp. 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 16, 18-9, and 46.) Copy A: [1 leaf] + [2] + [1 leaf] + [pp. vii-viii] + 131 + [pp. 133-150] + [1 leaf[5]] + [1 page of advertisements]. Copy B: [1 leaf] + [2] + [1 leaf] + [pp. vii-viii] + [1] + 131 + [pp. 133-150] + [1 page of advertisements]

Cornell, H. L., M. D., Ph. D., D. A., Formerly National Secretary and Examiner of the National Astrological Society, and the American Astrological Society – Lecturer, Author, Traveler, publisher and Student of the Occult ‘Magazine Articles on Astrology – Published in “The Adept” in 1916; in “The Aquarian Age” in 1920 and 1921, and in “Reason” in February, 1922 – Articles on the Science of Astrology[;] the Defense of Astrology[;] Bible Astrology[;] Medical Astrology[;] Prophecy and Astrology[;] Spiritualism and Astrology’[6] The Cornell Publishing Co., 1922. Copy A: Hand-signed by author to inside of front cover, Dec. 14, 1934. Copy B: Small unidentified magazine cut-out featuring monochrome photograph of the author laid in. Both copies: Original card covers. Binding reinforced by staples through inner margins. Copy A with strip of cloth wrapped around spine and glued down on inner margins; Copy B with strip of cloth (worn at extremities) loosely glued down over inner margin of front cover only; remainder lost. Copy A: (Heavy vertical crease down front cover, ending in 1.5 cm tear to bottom edge. Heavy creasing to rear cover; with 1 cm tear to top edge of same. Lower outer corner of front cover chipped. Dark-inked underlining to pp. 2, 12. Dark-inked small marginal marks or arrows to p. 16; 26-8; 32-3; 40; 43-5; 55-6. Faint inked crossings-out of three lines of text to p. 33, without detriment to legibility.) Copy B:  (1 cm tear to foot of front cover; 1 cm tear to foot of front hinge, linked to short tear across spine; some wear to top of spine and to outer corners of covers Previous owner’s sparse red pen marks, mostly marginal lines, but occasional underlined words, to pp. 1-5; 10-14; 22; 24; 32; 36, 40. One blue marginal dash to p. 10.) Copy A: [5] + 82. Copy B: [5] + 82 + [2 pages of advertisements] + [author’s bound-in professional services advertising slip]

Darlison, Bill[7] ‘The Gospel and the Zodiac: the Secret Truth About Jesus’ Duckworth Overlook, 90-93 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BF / 141 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012/ One Overlook Drive, Woodstock, 2007. Cloth in dj. [1 leaf] + [2] + [pp. v-viii] + 51 + [pp. 53-219] + [pp. 221-279]

Drummond, Sir W., the Right Honorable ‘The Oedipus Judaicus’ New Edition Revised – Reeves and Turner, 238, Strand, Next to Temple Bar, London, 1866[7a]. Edition stated limited to 250 copies. Quarter-leather with paper-covered boards. [1 leaf] + [3] + 2 + xlv + [16 single-sided leaves of plates] + 266

Drummond, William ‘Oedipus Judaicus: Allegory in the Old Testament’ Bracken Books, an imprint of Random House UK Ltd., Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V, 1996[7b]. Card covers (light wear to extremities of spine hinges). [1 leaf] + [12] + xxix + [1 leaf] + [pp. xxv-lvi] + [1 leaf] + [pp. lix-lxxxii] + [12 single-sided leaves of illustrations] + [4 pages of illustrations] + [2] + 43 + [1 leaf] + [pp. 47-112] + [1 leaf of illustration] + [pp. 115-6] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 119-152] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 155-245] + [pp. 245-2 – 245-5] + [pp. 246-340] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 343-362] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 365-381]

Exel, Jerry; tr. / adapted Forrestier, Marie-Madeleine ‘Bible et Astrologie’ Éditions Atlantique – Livrimex SARL, Paris, 1986

Exel, Jerry; ill. Hardy, Lee ’Jesus and the Spirit of Astrology’ No publisher stated / distributed by the Christian Information Committee, Berkeley, California, 1971. Outwardly glossy card covers (stain to rear cover; moderate wear to spine; small hand-inked label adhered to front cover). Staplebound pamphlet. (Later author’s advertising address label adhered over the top of the original printed advertisement on the inside of the rear cover.) [4] + 38 + [2] + [rear cover backed with advertisement]

Ferguson, Clyde L. ‘The Stars and the Bible’ Exposition Press, Inc., 900 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville, N.Y. 11801, 1978. This copy signed by author to ffep with a reference to Psalm 147:4. Cloth (light wear to extremities of spine hinges and outer corners of boards) in dj (tops of spine hinges chipped; light chipping to tops of flap-folds; moderate wear to top of spine, feet of spine hinges; and feet of flap-folds; patch of wear to surface of both flap-folds close to feet). [1 leaf] + [3] + [pp. 7-8] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 11-199]

Fielden, Fran ‘The First Astrologer: Astrology, Science, and the Bible’ The Galfield Press, Surfside Beach, 1992

Fox, Emmet ’The Zodiac and the Bible’ DeVorss & Company, Marina del Rey, CA , 1961[8]. Card covers. Staplebound pamphlet. [2] + [pp. 3-41] + [2 single-sided leaves of advertisements]

Garrett, Helen Adams ‘Astrology and Metaphysics in the Bible’ Fifth Printing – American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 6536 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ, 2003[9]. Card covers. Staplebound pamphlet. [2] + [p. 3] + [pp. 5-52]

Gibbons, John P. ‘An Introduction to Biblical Astrology and Modern World Problems[10]’ The New Order Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, 1940. Original gilt-stamped textured cloth (gilt faded; light wear to extremities of spine). [2] + [1 leaf] + [partly-colour-printed plate] + [2 leaves] + [pp. 13-20] + [1] + [pp. 22-31] + [1] + [pp. 34-78]

Grey, Safari ‘The Astrotheological Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries, Judaism and Christianity[11]‘ Self-Published (, 2012. Card covers (light wear to outer corners of front cover). [5] + vi + 33 + [pp. 34-58 of illustrations] + [pp. 59-70] + [imprimatur]

Grupp, Eugen ‘Astrologie und Theologie – Unter Berücksichtigung der Lehren des Thomas von Aquin’ [Presumed self-published], Geislingen-Steige, undated[11a]. Large-format card covers. Bound by sub-surface staples through inner margins. Contents printed in typescript throughout. (Red pencilled underlining to occasional names on pp. 5-10; 12-21; and 24-5.) 26 pp

Grupp, Eugen ‘Astrologie und Theologie: Handbuch der Astrologie und deren Literatur mit praktischen Teil’ 1. Auflage – Verlag Eugep Grupp, Geislingen (Steige), Fabrikstraße 15, 1958[11b]. Original quarter-cloth with printed paper-covered boards (wear to outer corners and bottom edges of boards) in dj (chipping to top of spine and of flap-folds; light chipping to foot of front hinge and feet of flap-folds; 1.5 cm tear to upper outer corner of front cover; scattered minor edge-tearing; scuffing along front flap-fold). (Blue-inked marginal bracketing to many pages within; occasional blue-inked annotations). Main paginated content is interspersed with facsimiles of pages in other astrological publications.[11c] [2] + [pp. 3-8] + [4] + [pp. 9-24] + [4] + [pp. 25-40] + [4] + [pp. 41-72] + [4] + [pp. 73-136] + [4] + [pp. 137-200] + [4] + [pp. 201-256] + [2] + [pp. 257-264] + [4] + [pp. 265-272] + [2] + [pp. 273-312] + [4] + [pp. 313-328] + [4] + [pp. 329-360] + [4] + [pp. 361-380] + [2-panel fold-out graph] + [pp. 381-407]

Hegedus, Tim[12] ‘[Patristic Studies[13] 6:] Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology’ Peter Lang Publishing Inc., Bel Air, MD, undated[14]. Paper-covered boards. [1] + [pp. vi-vii] + [pp. ix-xiv] + 27] + [pp. 29-41] + [pp. 43-89] + [pp. 91-107] + [pp. 109-11] + [pp. 113-137] + [pp. 139-155] + [pp. 157-193] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 197-229] + [pp. 231-277] + [pp. 279-305] + [pp. 307-317] + [pp. 319-327] + [pp. 329-337] + [pp. 339-351] + [pp. 353-387] + [pp. 389-396] + [1 page of advertisements]

Hennig, Prof. Dr. Rich. ‘Das Geburts- und Todesjahr Christi: Eine wissenschaftliche Prüfung der überlieferten Unterlagen, insbesondere der Berichte über den Stern von Bethlehem und die Sonnenfinsternis am Todestage Jesu’ Verlag Heinz Fürstenau, Essen (Ruhr), 1936. Original oversized textured card covers (moderate wear to extremities of spine) with pictorial silver detail to front cover. [2] + [pp. 3-55] + [pp. 57-62]

Herndon, Howard V. ‘Spiritual Astrology: The Hand of God on the Wall: An Introduction to the Study of Astrology and the Bible through Cosmic Symbolism[15]’ Howard V. Herndon, 1635 Clay Street, San Francisco, 1937. Original thin card covers (tiny chip lost from top edge of front cover). Staplebound pamphlet. Printed in typescript throughout. [2] + [pp. 3-20] + [rear cover featuring 1 page of advertisements]

Hübner, Wolfgang ‘[Beiträge zur Klassischen Philologie[16], Heft 144:] Zodiacus Christianus: Jüdische-christliche Adaptionen des Tierkreises von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart’ Verlag Anton Hain Meisenheim GmbH, Königstein / Ts., 1983. Textured card covers. [4] + [p. 5] + [1] + [pp. 7-71] + [pp. 72-3 of tables] + [pp. 74-89] + [pp. 90-1 of tables] + [pp. 92-103] + [pp. 104-8 of tables] + [pp. 109-123] + [pp. 124-5 of tables] + [pp. 126-139] + [pp. 140-1 of tables] + [pp. 142-238] + [2 pages of advertisements]

Huter, C. H. ‘Jesus und Sein Gestirn’ Heinrich Huter Verlag, Stuttgart, 1962. Original medium-format cloth with gilt illustration to front board and gilt titling to front board and spine. Main text contents in dual columns. [Frontis.] + [2] + [2 leaves] + [pp. 7-8] + [plate] + [p. 11] + [pp. 13-25] + [pp. 27-73] + [pp. 75-111] + [pp. 113-121]

Jabbar, Malik H. ‘The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth: Essay on Religious Philosophy’ Rare Books Distributors, Columbus, Ohio, 1995

Jabbar, Malik H. ‘The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth Book Two: Essay on Religious Philosophy’ Rare Books Distributors, Columbus, Ohio, 1997

Jabbar, Malik H. ‘The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth Book Three’ Second Printing – Rare Books Distributor, Columbus, Ohio, dated 2001

Jabbar, Malik H. ‘The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth Book Four’ Rare Books Distributor, Columbus, Ohio, 2003

Jakubowsky, Frank ‘Jesus Was a Leo’ Jakubowsky, 1565 Madison Street, Oakland, CA, 1979. Card covers

Johnson, Anna P. ‘Iconoclasm; or, Astrology of the Bible’ No Publisher Stated, 1877. Original paper covers (1 cm chip lost from foot of spine). [2] + [pp. 3-50]

Kay, Richard ‘[University of Pennsylvania Press Middle Ages Series[17]:] Dante’s Christian Astrology’ University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1994. Cloth (light wear to extremities of spine hinges and outer corners of boards). [4] + [2 leaves] + [pp. ix-xii] + 259 + [pp. 261-282] + [2] + [p. 285] + [pp. 287-363] + [pp. 365-395] + [4 pages of advertisements] + [1]

Kereszturi, Dr. Endre and Dr. Valéria ’Das Wahre Jesus-Horoskop’ Dritte erweiterte und verbesserte Auflage – Naturarztpraxis & Verlag / Dr. Kereszturi, Urnäsch, Schweiz, 1992. Card covers. 111pp. (Contains previous owner’s marginal red circular stickers.)

Keysers, Theodor ‘Die Sterne des Messias: Das Geburts- und Todesdatum des Jesus von Nazareth und sein Prozeß’ Selbstverlag, Düsseldorf 13, 1987. Textured card covers. (Former owner’s red marginal dot to p. 80.) [2] + [p. 5] + [p. 7] + [pp. 9-74] + [pp. 75-7 of charts] + [pp. 78-80]

Krause-Zimmer, Hella ‘Herodes und der Stern von Bethlehem: De Datierungsrätsel der Zeitenwende’ 1. Auflage – Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart, 1997. Publisher’s 5-panel double-sided fold-out colour promotional brochure laid in. Paper-covered boards (moderate wear to foot of spine; light wear to tops of spine hinges and outer corners of boards) in glossy dj. (Black remainder mark to foot of page block, occasionally encroaching onto lower margins of pages.) [4] + [p. 5] + [p. 7] + [pp. 9-17] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [p. 20] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [pp. 23-5] + [3 pages of illustrations] + [p. 29] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [pp. 32-86] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [pp. 89-95] + [2 pages of charts] + [pp. 98-125] + [pp. 127-137] + [6 pages of advertisements]

Kuehner, Carolo, Seminarii Paedagogici, Quod Hildburghusae Floret, Praeceptore, Rev. Min. Candidato, Societatis Lips. Historico-Theologiae Sodali ‘[Astronomiae et Astrologiae in Doctrina Gnosticorum Vestigia. – Particula I:] Bardesanis Gnostici Numina Astralia. Commentatio Historico-Theologica’ Prostat in Libraria Kesselringiana, Hildburghusae, 1833. Original card covers (light wear to spine and outer corners of boards). Pamphlet. [1 leaf] + [pp. iii-vi] + [pp. 7-28]

Larsen, Ludwig B. ‘Key to the Bible and Heaven – The Mystery of the Ages Revealed – Describing What the Bible Contains Regarding God; Heaven; Earth; Christ; Holy Ghost; Angels; Satan; Dragon; Religion; Patriarchs; Houses in Heaven; Cycles of Time; The United States; The Twelve Tribes of Israel; The Bull, Goat, Lion and Lamb, and the Time of the End of the World – Illustrated’ Ballantrae Reprint, no place stated, undated[18]. Laminated card covers. Bound by plastic comb threaded through holes punched in inner margins. [4 leaves] + [pp. 7-11] + [pp. 13-33] + [pp. 35-280]

Matthews, E. C.; ill. Doré, Gustave[19] ‘Stars of the Bible[20]’ New Era Studio, 2325 Cass. Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63106, 1963. Edition limited to 999 hand-numbered copies, this copy being no. 715. Cloth (moderate wear to foot of spine; light wear to outer corners of boards) in dj (chipped at extremities of spine and of flap-folds, with further small chip lost from part of front hinge of spine, and minor ones from top edges of covers; one 2-inch and two further 1-inch vertical tears to top edge of front cover; several other, shorter tears to top and bottom edges of covers; 1-inch tear to top of rear spine hinge; separation to  top 4 inches of front flap-fold). [3] + [pp. 6-162]

Maunder, E. W., F.R.A.S. ‘The Astronomy of the Bible: an Elementary Commentary on the Astronomical References of Holy Scripture – With Thirty-Four Illustrations’ Third Edition – Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1909[21]. Original pictorially gilt-stamped cloth (moderate wear to extremities of spine and to outer corners of rear board; wear to outer corners of front board). Top page-edges gilt. (Light-to-moderate separation between pp. 104-5; pp. 122-3; upper parts of pp. 324-5; and lower parts of pp. 340-1) [1 leaf] + [frontis.] + [2] + [1 leaf] + [pp. vii-xvi] + [plate] + [pp. 3-24] + [plate] + [pp. 25-46] + [plate] + [pp. 49-92] + [plate] + [pp. 95-100] + [plate] + [pp. 103-8] + [plate] + [pp. 111-126] + [plate] + [pp. 129-146] + [plate] + [pp. 149-226] + [plate] + [pp. 229-266] + [illustration] + [pp. 269-316] + [plate] + [pp. 319-320] + [plate] + [pp. 323-348] + [illustration] + [pp. 351-400] + [pp. 401-4 of tables] + [pp. 405-10] + [Imprimatur]

McCaffery, Ellen Conroy, M.A. ‘An Astrological Key to Biblical Symbolism’ Thorsons Publishers Limited, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, 1975. Cloth (light wear to extremities of spine) in dj (moderate wear to top of spine and of rear flap-fold; 1 cm tear to outer edge of rear cover; 5 mm tear to top edge of same; tiny chip lost from  foot of same).  [1 leaf] + [3] + [pp. 7-192]. [Rear dj cover and flap with advertisements.]

McDevitt, Theresa H. ‘Why History Repeats: Mass Movements and the Generations Past – Present – Future – The Meeting of History with Astrology, featuring: Past 2000 Years – History of Christianity – Birth-Death of Jesus Christ – Predicting the Future’ Second Edition – American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., Tempe, AZ, 2005[22]. Glossy card covers

McLean, Charles Victor ‘Babylonian Astrology and Its Relation to the Old Testament – Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Philosophy, Columbia University’ The United Church Publishing House, Toronto, 1929. Original card covers. Staplebound pamphlet. [2] + [p. 3] + [1] + [pp. 5-69]

Molnar, Michael R. ‘The Star of Bethlehem: the Legacy of the Magi’ Second Printing – Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick / New Jersey[23] / London, 2000[24]. Quarter-cloth (light wear to extremities of spine) with paper-covered boards, in dj. (Former owner’s red inked underlining to pp. 3 and 11, and red-inked marginal braket to p. 14.) [1 leaf] + [3] + [1 leaf] + [pp. ix-x] + [1 leaf] + [pp. xiii-xvi] + [1 leaf] + 11 + [2] + [pp. xiv-xvi] + [1 leaf] + [2] + [pp. 3-125; pp. 127-143] + [pp. 145-161] + [pp. 163-173] + [pp. 175-9] + [pp. 181-7] + [1]

Papke, Werner ‘Das Zeichen des Messias: Ein Wissenschaftler Identifiziert den Stern von Bethlehem’ 1. Auflage – Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung e. V., Bielefeld, 1995. Matt illustrated paper-covered boards. (Former owner’s red circular marginal stickers to pp. 36, 39, 49, 53, 112, 116 and 143-5.) [1 leaf] + [4] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 9-17] + [pp. 19-45] + [p. 47-89] + [pp. 91-129] + [pp. 131-141] + [pp. 133-155] + [pp. 157-9] + [1 page of advertisements]

Petersen, William J., ed. ‘Astrology and the Bible[25]’ Second Printing – Victor Books, a division of S.P. Publications, Inc., no place stated, 1972. Card covers. Staplebound pamphlet. 32pp

Powell, Robert A. ‘Christian Hermetic Astrology: the Star of the Magi and the Life of Christ’ Anthroposophic Press, Hudson, N.Y., 1991

Powell, Robert A.; tr. Maas, Dr. Wilhelm[26] ’Chronik des lebendigen Christus: Grundstein eines kosmischen Christentums’ Urachhaus GmbH, Stuttgart, 1998[27]. Publisher’s mailing list application postcard laid in. Medium-format outwardly glossy card covers (heavy remainder mark to bottom edge of page block)

Rogers, Clement F., M. A., Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology, Kings College, University of London ‘Astrology in the Light of Science and Religion’ Second Edition – Student Christian Movement Press, 58 Bloomsbury Street, London W. C. 1, September 1941[28]. Small format card covers (light wear to extremities of spine). [4] + [pp. 5-7] + [pp. 9-62]

Ross, Alex C. ’Star Lore and the Bible: Astronomical – Astrological Interpretation’ Mantis Publishing Co., No Place Stated, 1956. Original textured cloth (moderate wear to extremities of spine, spine hinges, and outer corners of boards). [3 leaves] + [2] + vii + 217 pp

Schmandt, Henrietta E. ‘Astrology and the Bible’ Stated First Edition – Printed by Henrietta E. Schmandt, 174 North Parade Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 1967. This copy signed by author to title page: “May the spiritual power of nature enlighten and protect you. Henrietta E. Schmandt”. Large-format card covers with tape spine (chipped at top 1.5 cm, with further 1-inch central tear downwards from chipped area and 2 cm separation to front hinge). Additional thick card strengthener under printed front cover. Contents printed on pale yellow paper in turquoise ink throughout, with text contents in typescript. Most contents printed on single-sided leaves. [2] + [3 leaves] + [leaves i-vi] + [1 leaf] + [1] + [1 leaf] + [leaf 1] + [2 leaves of illustrations] + [leaves 4-46] + [1 leaf] + [1 leaf of illustration] + [2-panel fold-out chart] + [leaves 3-41] + [3 leaves] + [leaves i-ii] + [leaves 1-42] + [3 leaves] + [1 leaf of advertisements]

Smith, E. M. ‘The Zoidia or the Cherubim in the Bible and the Cherubim in the SKy’ Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., London, 1906. This copy signed by author in dedication to a presumed relative on half-title: ‘H. E. Smith, Vederoney[29], Letherhead, From the Author, Christmas 1906′. It also bears two added handwritten footnotes in the same ink and hand, thus presumed also by the author, to lower margins of pp. 155 and 258. Cloth (slightly splitting at foot of spine; otherwise moderate wear to extremities of spine, spine hinges, and most outer corners of boards; heavy wear to lower outer corner of front board). (Slight separation at inner paper hinges between pp. 144-5; upper parts of pp. 240-1; pp. 256-7; pp. 272-3; pp. 368-9) [1 leaf] + [12-panel large blue-tinted folding star map[30] (torn at part of inner margin, affecting printed area, but repaired by clear tape; creasing and very slight edge-tearing to other parts of inner margin)] +[1 leaf] + [p. v] + [pp. vii-xv] + 124 + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 125-134] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 135-176] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 177-196] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 197-202] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 203-4] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 205-6] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 207-236] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 237-258] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 259-278] + [blue-tinted plate after Bullinger] + [pp. 279-347] + [pp. 349-376] + [very wide 5-panel folding chart]

Smoller, Laura Ackerman ‘History, Prophecy, and the Stars: the Christian Astrology of Pierre D’Ailly, 1350-1420’ Princeton University Press, 41, William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, 1994. Cloth in dj. [5] + [2 leaves] + [2] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 3-137] + [1] + [pp. 139-225] + [pp. 227-233]. [Rear dj cover with advertisements]

Spencer, Duane Edward[31] ‘Mazzaroth (“Signs of the Zodiac”): an Analysis of the Doctrine of Biblical Astrology’ “The Word Of Grace”, San Antonio, Texas, 1972. Small-format paper-covered boards (moderate wear to extremities of spine hinges and outer corners of boards). [2 leaves] + 60

Stentzel, Arthur ’Jesus Christus und sein Stern: Eine chronologische Untersuchung’ Zweite Auflage. – Mit einem Nachtrag und 22 Tafeln’ Hans Christians Druckerei und Verlag, Hamburg, 1928. Original card covers (light wear to extremities of spine hinges; title hand-inked to spine). Contents printed in gothic script throughout. (Some previous owner’s dark green ink underlinings, and a little red.) [2] + [1 leaf] + [10] + 16 + [plate] + [pp. 17-32] + [2 plates] + [pp. 33-48] + [plate] + [pp. 49-64] + [plate] + [pp. 65-80] + [plate] + [pp. 81-96] + [plate] + [pp. 97-112] + [plate] + [pp. 113-128] + [plate] + [pp. 129-144] + [2 plates]+ [pp. 145-160] + [plate] + [pp. 161-176] + [plate] + [pp. 177-192] + [2 plates] + [pp. 193-208] + [plate] + [pp. 209-215] + [pp. 217-240] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 243-8] + [plate] + [pp. 249-256] + [2 plates] + [pp. 257-264] + [plate] + [pp. 265-266] + [plate] + [pp. 267-268] + [plate] + [pp. 269-274]

Stowe, Lyman E. ‘Stowe’s Bible Astrology: the Bible Founded on Astrology – The old testament and astrology or religion keeps pace with the sun through the great zodiac. – The story of the Sun God and the story of the Son of God are one and the same. – Man made in the image of his Creator, the zodiac. – The riddle of the sphinx solved. – The seals of the Book of Revelations broken’ The Astrological Publishing Co., 131-133 Catherine Street, Detroit, Mich., 1907. Double-sided 32-panel fold-out chart by Stowe on translucent paper entitled ‘The Story Among the Stars’ laid in, as issued. Original gilt-stamped cloth[32]. All page-edges gilt. [2] + [illustration] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [p. 2] + [2] + 3 + 239 + 12 + [7 pages of advertisements].   

Stowe, Lyman E. ‘Stowe’s Bible Astrology: the Bible Founded on Astrology – The old testament and astrology or religion keeps pace with the sun through the great zodiac. – The story of the Sun God and the story of the Son of God are one and the same. – Man made in the image of his Creator, the zodiac. – The riddle of the sphinx solved. – The seals of the Book of Revelations broken’ Lyman E. Stowe, 131 Catherine Street, Detroit, Mich., unclearly dated[33]. Original pictorial silver-stamped cloth (some holes, probably insect bite-marks, to lowest inch of spine hinges and of spine; light wear to extremities of spine and outer corners of boards). [2] + [illustration] + [2 pages of illustrations] + [p. 2] + [2] + 3 + [4 pages of advertisements] + 239 + 12 + [7 pages of advertisements]

Stowe, Lyman E. ‘Stowe’s Bible Astrology: the Bible Founded on Astrology’ Health Research, Pomeroy, WA, unclearly dated[34]. Card covers, of which front cover overlain with clear plastic sheet. Bound by plastic comb threaded through holes punched in inner margins. [2] + [illustration] + [7] + 3 + [4] + 236 + [leaf 1] + [pp. 2-12]

Taylor, C. Tousey ‘Bible Stories Written from the Zodiac’ The Simplex Publishing Company, Seattle, 1924[35]. Original textured card covers (7 cm separation to foot of spine; 6 cm to top of same; chipping to top and bottom 2 cm of spine; upper margin of front cover; and upper inner corner of rear cover; further 1 cm tear to top edge of front cover). [Front cover backed with advertisements] + [1] + [pp. 2-30] + [pp. 31-2 of advertisements] + [rear cover featuring 2 pages of advertisements]

Taylor, Robert, B.A., the Rev. ‘The Devil’s Pulpit. Containing Twenty-Three Astronomico-Theological Discourses, by the Rev. Robert Taylor, B.A.[,] of St. John’s College, Cambridge; Member of the Royal College of Surgeons; Author of the Diegesis, &c. &c. with a Sketch of His Life – Concluded. – Vol. II[36]’ [Ballantrae Reprint], no place stated, undated[37]. Laminated card covers. Bound by plastic comb threaded through holes punched in inner margins. [1 leaf] + [pp. iii-viii] + 74 + [p. 77 (1)] + [pp. 76-77 (2)] + [p. 8 (2)] = [pp. 79-100] + [p. 111 (1)] + [pp. 102-127] + [pp. 129-244] + [p. 45 (2)] + [pp. 246-287] + [pp. 289-296] + [p. 29 (2)] + [pp. 298-368]

[Thompson, Catherine] ‘ “The Star Of Bethlehem” – Lecture as given by Mrs. Catharine H. Thompson, The Able Astrologer. Editor and Proprietor of “The Sphinx,” Boston, Mass., U.S.A – Read before the “Antipodean Astrological Society,” Melbourne, Victoria, by the President, Mr. HY Waterhouse’ Published by the “Antipodean Astrological Academy,” 376 and 378 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, undated[37a]. No covers. Medium-format pamphlet. Contents printed in dual columns. 4 pp

Thompson, Catherine Howard ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ Boston, Mass., July 3, 1925[37b]. No covers. Once-folded large-format looseleaf typescript, string-bound at one corner. 14pp

Voigt, D. Dr. Heinrich G., a. o. Professor der Theologie in Halle ‘Die Geschichte Jesu und die Astrologie: Eine religionsgeschichtliche und chronologische Untersuchung zu der Erzählung von den Weisen aus dem Morgenlande – Mit einer Zeichnung im Text und einer Tafel’ J. C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung, Leipzig, 1911. Original paper covers (2-inch chip lost from top of spineouter spine chipped and torn; 2 inches’ separation down middle of foot of spine; slight chipping to foot of spine). Contents printed in gothic script throughout. [2] + [1 leaf] + [pp. v-vi] + [1 leaf] + 225 + [1 leaf]

Ward, Nora ‘The World Horoscope” and Secret Cycles of the Kabbalists – a Study in Bible Astrology’ Printed by the Landvidi Research Centre, Larkfield, Kent, undated[38]. Large format card covers with cloth-tape spine. [4] + 92

Weigelius, Valentine; ed. Kingsford, Anna Bonus ‘Astrology Theologized: The Spiritual Hermeneutics of Astrology and Holy Writ Being A Treatise Upon the Influence of the Stars On Man and On the Art of Ruling Them By the Law of Grace: (Reprinted from the Original of 1649) With a Prefatory Essay On the True Method of Interpreting Holy Scripture by Anna Bonus Kingsford’ George Redway, London, 1886. Two copies. Imitation vellum. Copy A: Slightly worn at outer corners. Copy B: Outer spine heavily chipped; heavy wear to outer corners of boards. Both copies: [3] + [pp. 7-47] + [1 leaf] + [pp. 49-121] + [15 pages of advertisements]

Wells, Martin ’The Messianic Star: New Light on the Star of Bethlehem’ First Published – Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Ceredigion SA48, 2022. Outwardly glossy card covers. [1 leaf] + [5] + [1 leaf] + [p. iii] + [p. v] + 11 + [pp. 13-57] + [pp. 59-79] + [pp. 81-149] + [pp. 151-167] + [pp. 169-175] + [pp. 177-211] + [pp. 213-221] + [pp. 223-247] + [pp. 249-251] + [pp. 252-4 of tables] + [p. 255] + [pp. 257-271] + [pp. 273-284] + [imprimatur]

Wilke, Lic. Fritz, Privatdozent an der Universität Greifswald ‘[Biblischen Zeit- und Streitfragen zur Aufklärung der Gebildeten[39], III. Serie, 10. Heft:] Die Astralmythologische Weltanschauung und das Alte Testament’ Verlag von Edwin Runge in Gr. Lichterfelde, Berlin, 1907. Copy B with double-sided 8-panel fold-out (4 cm tear along one fold) entitled ‘Einladung zur Subskription auf die IV. Serie der “Biblichen Zeit- und Streitfragen” zur Auflkärung der Gebildeten’ laid in. Two copies. Both copies: Original thin card covers. Copy A: (1 inch separation to top of front hinge, with linked cross-tears to spine). Copy B: (covers detached; 3 cm chip lost from top of spine; 5mm from foot of same; 3 cm separation to foot of rear hinge). Both copies: Contents printed in gothic script throughout. Copy B: most pages still joined at tops and some at outer edges: need separating.) [Front cover backed with advertisements] + [2 pages of advertisements] + [1 leaf of advertisements on pink paper] + [2] + [pp. 3-52] + [rear cover featuring 2 pages of advertisements]

Womack, David A. ’12 Signs; 12 Sons: Astrology in the Bible’ Harper & Row, Publishers, San Francisco, 1978

Woolley, Milton ‘The Science of the Bible; or, an Analysis of the Hebrew Mythology, Wherein it is Shown that the Holy Scriptures Treat of Natural Phenomena Only’ Printed for the Author by Knight & Leonard, Chicago, 1877. Cloth (slightly worn and scuffed). (Binding cracking between frontis. and title page.) [Frontis.] + 613pp + Device glued to rear paste-down consisting of zodiacal diagram set with centrally mounted rotating metal pointer, as issued


[1] After stated first printing of 2009

[1a] The only date given for this printing is “Republished 1970”, but it was purchased new after 2000 and is likely to be a later printing of the Health Research edition. Internally, it is a facsimile reprint of the 1892 edition, unaltered except for the folding illustrations not being bound in

[1b] The title to the main inner title page, with following extended subtitle. The front cover title is differently represented as ‘The Ancient Sacred and Secret Law of the Christ’, with no subtitle following

[2] A series of publications collectively edited by George H. van Kooten, Robert A. Kugler and Loren T. Stuckenbruck, assisted by an advisory board of six

[3] A collection of twenty studies by different scholars, including Owen Gingerich, Michael R. Molnar, Alexander Jones, John M. Steele, Antonio Panaino, Roger Beck, Stephan Heilen, Kocku von Stuckrad, Helen R. Jacobus, and the editors. Many of the studies are concerned with astrology

[4] A short work on bible astrology, and not, as the title might otherwise suggest, a general popular guide to the zodiac.

[5] This leaf, not present in the second copy, is an errata sheet

[6] This is the full title to the inner title page. On the front cover, the references to the magazines in which the articles were originally published are omitted, together with the extended list of the author’s honours; but the label ‘Vol. 2’ is added, to identify the present volume as Cornell’s second published anthology of magazine articles. For Vol. 1 of the same series, see ‘Astrology and the Diagnosis of Disease’, above

[7] “The Senior Minister of the Dublin Unitarian Church”

[7a] Reset from the exceedingly scarce first edition of 1811

[7b] After the 1986 edition by Research Into Lost Organisation, which contains an added five-page scholarly foreword by James P. Carley, Ph.D., dated 1985, and retained in this reprint. It appears to be otherwise a facsimile reprint of the original 1811 edition, which is characterised by a larger number of shorter pages than the 1866 one, q. v. above

[8] The first edition is given as 1933, with a further reprint in 1945

[9] The date of the first printing is given as 1996

[10] A work divided into three chapters, of which the third, “The Modern World in Daniel”, is by far the longest, spanning pp. [33]-78. The first two are entitled “Celestial Cause” and “Concerning the End of the World”

[11] A collection of three dense, concise and very well-referenced essays by the author: ‘The Mithraic Mysteries – A Roman Star Cult’; ‘Judaism and its Astrotheological Heritage’; and ‘Christianity – Jesus, the Sun and the Stars’, serving as valuable summaries of the existing scholarly research on these topics, together with the author’s own critical commentaries

[11a] Germany library records differ, variously suggesting 1947 or 1948

[11b] The official first edition of the author’s full-length book under this name, which is vastly expanded from the original pamphlet of ten years earlier, q. v. above

[11c] The book includes extensive references to and discussion of recent German astrological literature

[12] “Associate Professor of New Testament at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario”. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Toronto

[13] A series of monographs edited by Gerald Bray

[14] Worldcat records give 2005

[15] The full title on the inner title page. On the front cover, it is reduced and re-ordered to ‘The Hand of God On the Wall: Spiritual Astrology’

[16] A series of publications collectively edited at this time by Herausgegeben Ernst Heitsch, Reinhold Merkelbach and Clemens Zintzen

[17] A series of publications edited by Edward Peters, Professor of Medieval History, University of Pennsylvania

[18] A facsimile reprint, issued early-mid 2000s, of the original edition bearing the imprint “Published by the Author, Portland, Oregon”. The preface is dated 1919, and library records concur with this as the date of publication

[19] 80 of the illustrations from the Doré Bible are said to have been selected and reprinted in this volume

[20] The core of this book is a simple modern primer of natal astrology by Matthews, with the Doré illustrations on facing pages serving purely decorative roles, although there are some sections of text connected more directly with the Bible

[21] According to library records, both the first and second editions were published in 1908 and of the same overall length. The preface retains the date of January 1908; and the author’s note to the third edition indicates that the second was published four months after the first. The author indicates the alteration of a few paragraphs in the present edition, “where it seemed desirable to bring forward new information”

[22] After original printing of 2004

[23] Only the New Jersey address is given in full although it appears second in the credit list on the title page: 100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, N. J. 08854.

[24] The text is copyrighted 1999, this being presumed the date of the original printing

[25] A series of short anti-astrological essays by several writers from a Christian perspective

[26] Confusingly, Maas is credited only as having translated Parts 1 and 3 of the work. Part 2 is also present and spans pp. [191]-464, but its translator has not been credited here. Perhaps Powell provided his own translation of Part 2.

[27] Translated from the English-language edition published by Anthroposophic Press in 1996 as ‘Chronicle of the Living Christ’. The present translation is said to have been revised and expanded by the author himself, who previously spent four years studying in Switzerland and appears to be fluent in German, as would befit a dedicated follower of the anthroposophic philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. Whatever the reason, it is about 70 pages longer than the 1996 English-language edition

[28] After the original edition of April the same year

[29] The initial capital letters to both the forename of the recipient and the first place name following the surname are very hard to decipher and might be otherwise than assumed here

[30] Reproduced from ‘The Witness of the Stars’ by E. W. Bullinger, q. v., with permission, in common with the other plates in this volume, which are just a selection of those in Bullinger’s work

[31] Described on the title page as “Bible Expositor” for “The Word of Grace”

[32] Despite the lack of picture on the front board of this copy, the binding appears original in view of the font on the spine exactly matching that on the other. From the available internal evidence, it is reasonably presumed the original issue

[33] In common with the issue shown above, the only firm internal date is the copyright date of 1907. However, the added “Second Preface” (which I have more accurately characterised in my pagination as “4 pages of advertisements”) in this issue refers to the Great War as being current. The present issue is therefore presumed to date from around 1915-1918. The binding notably lacks the gilt edges and titles, rounded outer-corners and laid-in chart of the original issue shown above, though it has gained an added silver illustration to the front board, entitled ‘The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac’. The last line of the list of the author’s other publications on the original title page has been effaced in this printing, as the new imprimatur has been superimposed prior to printing. It seems reasonable to conjecture that Stowe had wound up his Astrological Publishing Co. at some point since 1907, and was now therefore selling his book in his own personal name as publisher. It would appear from the wording of the added preface that this issue should also have been supplied with the large fold-out chart, but it has been lost from this copy, presumably long ago, and its survival with any early edition of the book is rare

[34] An undated later impression, purchased new in early 2000s, of the Health Research facsimile reprint first published in 1965. The publisher’s website address is given on the copyright page, proving that this reprint cannot predate 1994. In all probability it was either printed and bound on demand or issued from recently printed stock at the time of purchase. It is not clear from what edition the Health Research reprint was itself sourced, or why it has considerably more prefatory pages than the original edition

[35] An earlier copyright date of 1915 is also given, and in the foreword the present printing is expressly stated as being the second edition. No 1915 edition could be located in online library records

[36] Comprises transcripts of sermons seemingly originally published serially on a weekly basis, from No. 24, August 19, 1831 to No. 46, January 20, 1832, each sermon being assigned 16 pages, and thus presumably edited or shaped to fit the available space in the original serial publication. Some of the sermons, such as No. 24, are specified as having been delivered on earlier dates (in that case, Feb. 11, 1830) than their dates of publication. This volume was a sequel to  “The Devil’s Pulpit Vol. I”, of which the Ballantrae Reprint unfortunately is missing from this collection since another title was mistakenly supplied under its covers (see the Ballantrae Reprint of “A Plea for Urania” under Cooke, Christopher above) when it was ordered. The sermons in the present second volume cover a wide range of Bible interpretation topics, some of them making reference to the signs of the zodiac or the constellations

[37] A facsimile reprint, issued early-mid 2000s, of an early reprint published by W. Dugdale, 16, Holywell St., Strand, London, 1842, of the work first published in 1832 by Richard Carlile, London

[37a] Mrs. Thompson has hand-dated the lecture to May 1903

[37b] With the author’s hand corrections, including correcting her own middle name to Victoria. The content appears at least partly distinctive from the printed lecture of the same name listed above

[38] COPAC records 1961 for this imprimatur

[39] A series of publications collectively edited at this time by D. Friedrich Kropatscheck, Professor in Breslau

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