Astrology Library Catalogue[1]
Astrology Bibliography
Bibliographie de l’Astrologie

– Index to Library Catalogue 

This global index serves as the entry portal to our astrology library catalogue.

Contents:

  1. Astrology books by author, A – Durst
  2. Astrology books by author, Dutt – Kugler
  3. Astrology books by author, Kühr – Röbkes
  4. Astrology books by author, Robson – Z, + dictionaries
  5. Journals and Magazines, English-language
  6. Almanacs, English-language
  7. Journals and Magazines, French-language
  8. Almanacs, French-language
  9. Journals and Magazines, German-language
  10. Almanacs, German-language
  11. Journals, Italian
  12. Journals, Spanish-language
  13. Journals, Dutch
  14. Astrology Lectures, Tapes, CDs, DVDs & Collectibles
  15. Navigating the Astrology Library Catalogue
  16. Key to the Paginations and Descriptions of Books
  17. About this Astrology Library Catalogue
  18. Donating to our Astrology Library

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Navigating the Astrology Library Catalogue

This page is a linking index to the component parts of the catalogue of the holdings[2] of books and periodicals in all languages in the private astrological library that we maintain.

To navigate around our astrology bibliography, please click the relevant link under ‘Contents’ above to go to the subdivision of the index that is appropriate to your current search.

Each subdivision now opens on its own separate page.

From there, you will find all the links to the final content pages of this astrological library catalogue that belong to the category you have chosen to browse, e.g. English-language journals or German almanacs.

Each sub-index-page also contains a link marked ‘Index’ towards the top to return you to this global index page from which you may choose other categories to browse.

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Key to the Paginations and Descriptions of Books

In order to provide a valuable reference to the state of complete copies of each title, as well as to identify differences between subsequent editions for important titles, and any defects by way of missing pages in copies held, detailed binding format and pagination information is included in the bibliography for:

  • All books and some journal issues printed up to and including the year 1960
  • Most (in principle, all) books printed after 1960 that are either hardbound or in unusual bindings typical of small print-run publishers, such as comb bindings
  • Academic works and translations of ancient texts printed after 1960 irrespective of binding.

As a rule, pagination and binding format information is not included for any non-academic paperback books printed after 1960. At most, the fact that they have card covers may be identified, though where this is not expressly stated, it may usually be understood.

Understanding the pagination information

The pagination information given in this bibliography identifies each successive continuous group of pages present from the printed number of the first to that of the last. Please note the following rules and conventions:

  • The identification of a group of successive pages is abbreviated to pp., while that of a single page is abbreviated to p.
  • Where a group of pages starts with the page marked ‘1’, the first page in the group is not shown, and the number of pages is simply stated, e.g. ‘180’ or ‘180 pp.’
  • Where a group of pages starts with the page marked ‘i’, the first page in the group is not shown, and the number of pages is simply stated, e.g. ‘xviii’
  • In almost all other cases [see below for exception], the span of pages from the earliest in the continuous group to the last is identified by showing the printed numbers of each within square brackets, preceded by ‘pp.’ and with a dash between the two numbers, e.g. [pp. 31-49]
  • The sole exception to the rule above is that where part or all of the content of a book is printed only on the front sides of successive leaves, the term ‘leaves’ is substituted for ‘pp.’ in prefixing the span of a continuous section of content, e.g. [leaves 31-49]
  • Printed pages that are not numbered in print at all are referred to as a quantity between square brackets, e.g. [3] denoting the presence of three successive unnumbered pages; however, where a single printed page that forms an integral part of an otherwise paginated group lacks a printed page number, this is deliberately overlooked unless it is the last page in the group.
  • Unnumbered printed single-sided leaves, or groups thereof, are referred to as a quantity of leaves between square brackets, e.g. [3 leaves] denoting the presence of three successive unnumbered single-sided leaves 
  • Where the first page in a cohesive otherwise paginated group lacks a printed number, its identity is understood for the purposes of describing the span of the group, e.g. [pp. 317-349] where p. 317 lacks a printed number but it is the first page of that chapter. [NB: It has historically been common practice among most publishers not to print a page number for the first page in a chapter.]
  • Title pages for chapters are not considered as parts of a cohesive group even if they are not followed by blanks, so where they lack a printed number (as is overwhelmingly commonly the case), they will appear as [1] (if not backed by a blank) or [1 leaf] (if backed with a blank). In many cases, this makes it easy to see the chapter structure of books in the pagination   
  • Successive groupings of pages within a single volume are separated by a plus sign, e.g. xxvi + [1 leaf] + [pp. 3-217]
  • Many books are found to be printed with blank pages before and / or after some or all of their chapter title pages, inflating the apparent page counts in the books; our catalogue shows the breaks in pagination and excludes the blank pages from being counted, allowing the reader to calculate the true number of pages in the book.
  • All whole-page plates, illustrations and other diagrams that are not integrated into the pagination are separately listed. The term ‘plate’ is properly reserved for illustrations printed on a higher quality of paper than the main text pages; illustrations printed on normal paper are preferably referred to simply as ‘illustrations’.
  • Where two or more successive pages feature only tables, charts or diagrams (without any paragraphs of descriptive text), this is generally shown in the paginations, in order to give a clearer indication of the quantity of text content in the book.
  • Whole pages consisting solely of advertising for other books or products are expressly pointed out where spotted. This has the advantage of discounting these pages from the true length of the work, at the same time as drawing attention to content of tangential historical interest
  • Where significant content of a work or noteworthy advertising is printed on its covers (as distinct from the inner pages, this is expressly stated where possible

Understanding the binding information

Further, defects to the condition of both the bindings and (where present) the dust jackets of individual copies held are stated. This is in order to monitor long-term deterioration and to pinpoint copies in especially poor condition that may be worthy of eventual replacement.

Binding formats described include:

  • Cloth – any woven or otherwise complex non-leather, non-plastic, non-card material. Cloth bindings are common on 20th century first editions. As a rule, they are durable but prone to visible surface wear from bumps
  • Leather – animal hide, a preferred binding material on many books and bound volumes of periodicals from the 17th to early 20th centuries, and some luxury editions later than this. This binding needs careful maintenance as it wears and cracks very easily, and can also dry out
  • Paper-covered boards – a common binding on late 20th and early 21st-century first editions of more upmarket books such as academic books; generally a cheaper substitute for cloth. The corners and edges of boards are prone to visible wear from bumps and scrapes
  • Card – a simple, cheap and flexible binding. Books with card covers are commonly known as paperback books. The disadvantage of card covers is a proneness to creasing and tearing
  • Paper – a cheap, thin binding found on some early 20th century paperbacks and journal issues; it tends to be very fragile, and detached and chipped paper covers are common on older books with this kind of binding
  • Staples – commonly used to reinforce the bindings of books with card covers, they are typically found in the spines of pamphlets, but sometimes also driven through the inner margins of thicker books. They tend to rust with age and may eventually disintegrate completely or fall out
  • Plastic edgings crimped across inner margins – two long, thin strips of plastic, one resting on the inner margin of each cover of the book, with plastic pins driven between them: a common binding format for large-format self-published and small print-run books hand-produced by small publishing houses from the 1970s to the 2000s, but pins tend to break off with age
  • Plastic comb – a long strip of plastic as a spine, with a set of prongs that are threaded through numerous holes punched in the inner margins of each page of the book as well as its covers; if constructed well, this binding is very durable and strong, but prongs have been known to break off. Common on small print-run books hand-produced by small publishing houses from the 1970s to the present day
  • Wrappers – as used in this catalogue, this term designates card or paper covers that extend back upon themselves part-way on the inside, which is to say they have front and rear flaps, giving them a hint of the appearance of dust jackets although they are in fact the main covers of the book. This type of binding is sometimes found on 20th century and early 21st century European academic publications
  • Dust jacket – also abbreviated to dj – a printed paper or occasionally card layer that is separate from the binding of the book and is wrapped around its spine and covers, with flaps extending around the insides of both covers. Dust jackets were commonly issued on new hardcover books from the 1930s onwards; before this decade, they are rare. If not looked after very carefully, they are prone to heavy wear and chipping at the extremities of their spines and of the folds between their covers and flaps. They are commonly lost from pre-owned books; but where found, they can add significant historical interest with cover art and advertisements

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About this Astrology Library Catalogue

This catalogue is a labour of love and a perpetual work in progress whose development is fitted in around other commitments.

The astrology library that it describes exists as a single collection in our private ownership and management to this day.

It is added to periodically as and when funds allow, but these are limited to spare personal income from employment and occasional modest donations by generous astrologers, historians and other benefactors from the general public.

Please therefore kindly allow plenty of time for the further gradual development of the catalogue as and when new acquisitions can be afforded.

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Donating to our Astrology Library

Your donations of funds to extend the physical book holdings of the archive, and correspondingly the completeness of this bibliography, are warmly invited. I, Philip Graves, hereby solemnly guarantee that 100% of donations using either of the buttons beneath, or the one at the top of the page, will be ploughed directly back into relevant book purchases that will then be catalogued here. Thank you for considering donating!

Do you have issues or volumes of the astrology magazines or astrological almanacs featured in our library catalogue that the library lacks, and that you may wish to sell or donate? Or do you perhaps have issues or bound volumes of certain other titles that are not yet represented in our library at all?

Alternatively, perhaps you have scarce books that the collection lacks altogether, lacks in the edition you have, or has but only in defective or damaged condition whereas yours are complete and undamaged? 

Or are you the author of a new book published this new century that the collection thus far lacks, and you wish to have included in this bibliography?

In all these cases, please do contact Philip on solger75 [at] gmail.com or solger [at] comhem.se, or using the Contact Us form provided, to let him know what you have. Offers of donations are warmly welcomed, and he will pay shipping costs on articles of sufficient interest.

If you are in the Americas, a U.S. mailing address is available. Our direct address in Europe may be more suitable if you live elsewhere.

Even if you do not have scarce books or journals to donate, you can also help build the archive by directly donating funds, which will be used in their entirety to make additional purchases of carefully chosen relevant books and journals that will then also be catalogued here.

Thank you for your interest in helping build the archive! It is our long-term vision to turn it into a permanent and accessible repository of astrological history and knowledge, of service to astrologers, historians, scientists and other researchers worldwide.

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[1] NB: This bibliography is not public domain. All parts of the bibliography, including the index, contents and HTML programming, are strictly copyright-protected. They may not be copied, in part or in whole, for use in any web site, database, publication, or file, commercial or non-commercial, or otherwise reprocessed, without the express prior authorisation of the director of Astrolearn, Philip M. Graves, who wrote and formatted the text, and programmed and developed the online resource. The bibliography is the product of time-consuming original research from costly sources. Thank you for respecting our copyright. 

Of course, you may however cite the bibliography as a source of information with an appropriate link to the particular page on which the material to which you wish to make reference was found.

[2] Much gratitude to the late Dave Roell, and to the very much still-living Austin Coppock and Rhonda S. Shuman, for their past successive invaluable offers of help taking delivery of books within the United States and forwarding them on internationally as consolidated shipments. These kind folk have helped in no small way to build the collection into what it is today.

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