Astrology books and papers by 139 authors acquired in 2019

First entry, January 19th: 2019 has got off to a slow start in terms of acquisitions, but the second and third were picked up today, so it feels like a good time to get the 2019 acquisitions log guide page up and running, following on from the example set with the 2018 one.

At present, my spare earnings from work have to be saved up primarily for internal improvements to the library building that is also my place of residence. As a result, I anticipate that additions will be more of a slow crawl than usual in the first half of this year, but still, they will be carefully selected and may include some surprises.

Update, February 3rd: I’ve just catalogued additions by another seven authors, taking the total so far this year to ten authors

Update, February 9th: This past week, a box of new and second-hand purchases made in the United States since the start of December arrived. One new book was badly damaged, but the rest is in acceptable condition. I’ve catalogued everything except the additional Raphael’s almanacs and updated the books listing here accordingly. Also newly arrived here in the UK, three academic volumes published by Brill. Additionally, a short early 18th century Latin treatise received from Germany the previous week has been newly catalogued. The number of authors featured among new acquisitions catalogued in 2019 has therefore more than doubled to 21.

Update, February 16th: Yesterday, I received a huge new two-volume work published by Otto Harrassowitz Verlag in Germany, Victoria Altmann-Wendling’s academic reference work on lunar concepts in Egyptian temples in the time of the ancient Greek and Romans. Weighing over 4 kg when packed, and extending to over 1050 main pages split between two volumes, it’s what could be called a major work of relevance to ancient astronomy and astrology

Update, February 23rd: This past week, I’ve taken delivery of three further recent academic works, ‘Ptolemy’s Philosophy’ by Jacqueline Feke, ‘Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity’ edited by Alexander Jones, and ‘Heaven and Earth United: Instruments in Astrological Contexts’, edited by Richard Dunn et al.. These have all be added to the catalogue. Addition of altogether new authors to the 4-page catalogue index will probably be held off until the end of the year, but the corresponding book entries are nonetheless located in the correct places in the alphabetical order of the catalogue itself

Update, March 2nd: Four more academic books and one statistically-focused (by Alex Trenoweth) have been received this week, taking the cumulative total number of first-listed authors among all books acquired this year to 30, which is ahead of the schedule I’d expected. My programme of enriching the library with high-quality academic works of intellectual relevance to astrology and published this decade has become a major focus this year so far, and there are still many other titles of importance to save for

Update, March 9th: Within the past week, I’ve taken delivery of three more academic works: a slightly bumped but otherwise like-new cut-price copy of the compilation of essays on ancient divination ‘La Raison des Signes’ edited by Stella Georgoudi; a compilation of essays on the philosophy and influence of Marsilio Ficino; and a study of Richard Napier’s medical practice

Update, March 16th: This past week, four more books have arrived, including two history books by Graziella Vescovini, a new Italian edition of Abu Ma’ Shar’s Abbreviated Introduction to Astrology, and Annett Klingner’s compendiously illustrated recent study of ‘planetary children’ in mediaeval and early modern art, lifting the author total for the year to date to 36. Progress is likely to slow considerably for the next few weeks owing to other expenses, but we are ahead of schedule based on a reasonably ambitious acquisitions target of ten featured authors per calendar month or 120 for the year as a whole

Update, March 22nd: This past week, the original edition of Frederick Cramer’s ‘Astrology in Roman Law and Politics’ and the original printing of the second edition of Joseph Dalton’s ‘The Sixteen Principal Stars’ have arrived, along with a scarce book taking inspiration from the decans by Eugenia Macer-Story, a reprint of Roger Beck’s ‘Planetary Gods and Planetary Orders in the Mysteries of Mithras’, the 1969 Thames & Hudson edition of ‘Les Très Riches Heures’ edited by Jean Longnon and Raymond Cazelles, and the English translation of Stefan Maul’s ‘The Art of Divination in the Ancient Near East’. Four of these had been held for some time at another address following a consolidated shipment from the United States, while the other two were newly received this week. This brings the total number of authors featured among new acquisitions in the year to date to 42, well ahead of schedule. I am still expecting progress to slow in April and May

Update, March 30th: Two new books on order since several weeks ago have arrived this past week: ‘A Companion to Albert the Great’ edited by Irvin Resnick, and an Italian volume of eight historical studies on astrology and alchemy, edited by Paolo Rossi and Ida Li Vigni. Additionally, three used 20th century books have been gratefully received, including a rare title by Paul Councel, a scarce one by the Indian astrologer known by the pseudonym of Jupiter, and one by Robert ‘Buz’ Myers. This brings the running author total at the end of March to 47, comfortably ahead of schedule. I’ve overspent lately and will need to rein myself in during the Spring in order to afford necessary plastering and painting work in the upstairs of the library building, but will only have to receive titles by thirteen more authors to meet the half-year target of 60 by the end of June.

Update, April 6th: This week, I have received the revised edition of John Frawley’s ‘The Horary Textbook’. This was published in 2014, but because I had the original edition of 2005, I did not prioritise it. A cursory inspection of the revised edition shows large numbers of additional paragraphs added since the original 2005 edition, so perhaps with the benefit of hindsight I would have bought it sooner. Also received was an additional lot of German almanacs, mostly from the late 1920s and 1930s. These do not count towards the author target for the year, but are nonetheless valuable antiquarian material, and I’ll endeavour to catalogue them in due course.

Update, April 13th: This week’s arrivals star Ben Dykes’ massive new translation of seven works by Sahl, and one other medieval work, directly from the Arabic, complementing his earlier volume of translations of some of the same works from later medieval Latin translations of the same. Also received is ‘Isaac Newton and Astrology’ by T. G. Cowling (a brief pamphlet), and ‘Sedna Consciousness’ by Alan Clay (a new volume of over 1200 pages)

Update, April 20th: There has been just one completely new book arrival this week: ‘La Città dei Segreti: Magia, astrologia e cultura esoterica a Roma (XV-XVIII)’ edited by Fabio Troncarelli. A duplicate copy of Sven Eriksson’s ‘Wochentagsgötter, Mond und Tierkreis : Laienastrologie in der römischen Kaiserzeit’ was also obtained, but has not been counted towards the new book acquisitions total for the year because another copy was already held. The final volume (for 1932) in the series of almanacs edited by Elsbeth Ebertin entitled ‘Ein Blick in die Zukunft’, which spanned 1918-1938, has also been received and duly catalogued. This is quite a satisfying achievement, since although these almanacs were very popular in their day, with later volumes printed in upwards of 10,000 copies per issue, survival rates for all almanacs are perilously low. There is still a long way to go with other inter-war German almanac titles before they will reach this level of completeness

Update, May 11th: As a result of losing the working functionality of my computer shortly after the previous update, I was unable to post updates upon either of the following two weekends. However, a considerable number of mostly non-academic second-hand purchases has arrived three weeks on, and increased the total number of first-named authors represented in this year’s acquisitions by 22 from 52 to 74, placing us once again well ahead of schedule towards attaining the target set at the start of the year. The recent book acquisitions have been brought up to date in the online catalogue; but some magazine and almanac additions have yet to be catalogued offline or online, and these will be integrated in due course

Update, May 25th: Received at the start of this week was a significant stash of additional fascicules of the Cours d’Astrologie Pratique of Louis-Marie Raclet, now catalogued as a serial on its own separate page. With the same lot were the beginnings of another course on astrology by the same author, apparently produced separately from his Astres venture, though at what date is not yet established. This has been added to the main catalogue under his surname. A few stapled lectures by M. Moinard la Villedieu and one by Raclet were also included in the same lot. Collectively, this amounts to an important haul of scarce French material from the 1950s, and a highlight of the year’s collecting to date. Further received this week was a new English translation of the Latin Picatrix, which has been credited in the acquisitions summary below to Anonymous (14) after the convention in the main catalogue for all editions of the Picatrix. Two books received during the previous week were Julevno’s 1914 edition and French translation of the Centiloquy by Pseudo-Ptolemy and G. Phaneg’s short 1906 book ‘Astrologie Onomantique’. I’d been aware of both of these for quite a long time but had not been in a position to afford original copies at the prices being asked by booksellers in recent years. These ones were cheaper than most and are in indifferent condition, but at least they are original and complete, unlike an earlier copy of the Julevno translation that I purchased about seven years ago and had to return to the bookseller for a refund because it was woefully incomplete and not as described! So the count of first-named authors has risen from 74 to 79, still well ahead of schedule for this time of year though the pace of advance has slowed.

Update, June 8th: Received this past week were original printings from 1845 of the first two volumes of a five-part work attributed to Mlle. le Normand but believed to have been overseen if not entirely written by a Madame Breteau. The second volume deals with astrology. Also arrived is a huge work on ancient astral sciences by David Brown published last year (2018), which has been many years in the gestation since the publication of his earlier ‘Mesopotamian Planetary Astronomy-Astrology’ by Styx Publications. This brings the total count of first-named authors by whom books have been acquired in the year to date to 81. Although the pace of acquisitions has considerably slowed, we have reached two thirds of the whole-year target with more than half the year to spare, which frees us up somewhat to return our main focus to catching up with pricey academic publications in the months ahead, and of these there are several important ones in my sights for the remainder of June and July.

Update, June 15th: A variety of second-hand acquisitions from the United States was brought to the library yesterday, leading to an apparently sudden jump in the total number of first-named authors by whom books have been acquired this year from 81 to 91. The box containing these arrivals was received at least ten days ago, but I was unable to transport it safely to the library last weekend because of severe weather conditions. Newly received and catalogued this week was a lot of three binders (out of an estimated six) containing 35 of Alan Leo’s Correspondence Lessons in Astrology (out of 70 published). This had no effect on the author total for the year because Leo had already been featured once before, but is nonetheless a worthy addition to the library.

Update, June 29th: The addition of academic books by first-named authors / editors H. Darrel Rutkin, Abraham Ibn Ezra, Henry Bate, Donald Harper and Marcelino Amasuno in the past two weeks has increased the author total for the year to date to 96. Further received are two more volumes by Abu Ma’Shar, comprising the Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto and David Pingree edition of The Great Introduction to Astrology. It’s been an expensive period thanks to the large number of relevant academic volumes going to press within the past 12 months alone; and there are still many more lower-priority academic volumes to catch up with, but I am not expecting the author count to increase at all during July, so this column will probably now take a rest until August. With half the year still to spare, only 24 more authors are needed to achieve the originally set acquisitions target of 120 first-named authors in the year as a whole, so I can afford to be less urgent and highly selective!

Update, July 27th: Several second-hand German books gratefully received from a single bookseller during the past week have suddenly boosted the author count for the year to date from 96 to 102. Otherwise, as predicted four weeks ago, the column has lately taken a rest. Acquisitions of academic and historically-focused modern works or translations of older works should gradually resume from early August onwards.

Update, August 11th: The arrival of ‘The Occult Sciences in Pre-Modern Islamic Cultures’ edited by Nader El-Bizri and Eva Orthmann this week has slightly pushed up the count of authors by whom acquisitions have been made in the year to date to 103. Otherwise, only a few second-hand German magazines have arrived in the past fortnight. Several more books are currently on order, but there are still almost 4½ months remaining to meet the whole-year goal of books by 120 different headline authors, so I plan to continue to be highly selective and also necessarily more economical with expenditure in the latter months of the year.

Update, August 19th: Received since last week have been two academic books on ancient divination published in Brill’s series ‘Religions in the Graeco-Roman World’ – one a series of essays edited by Sarah Iles Johnston and Peter T. Strick (‘Mantikê’) and the other authored by Kim Beerden (‘Worlds Full of Signs’). It is only when I am reasonably up-to-date with core academic texts on the history of astrology that I can justify branching out into tangential intellectual background such as ancient divination, but it’s enriching for the breadth of material available in the library to do so, it is not without precedent for this library, with Patrick Curry’s book ‘Divination’ having found a place years ago already, and I hope there will be more, similar works added to the library in the years to come.

Update, September 1st: Newly received in the past two weeks have been some additional second-hand purchases from the United States including four discrete books and pamphlets, and the earliest original printing the library has acquired this year, by Antonio Francisco de Bonattis. This lifts the total of authors represented by books acquired in 2019 to 110, leaving a requirement of just 10 additional authors remaining to achieve the year-end target of 120. Because of other ongoing costs affecting the house, I might not edge considerably nearer to this for a while yet, but shall endeavour to meet it.

Update, September 15th: The addition of an early Sun sign synastry guide, credited pseudonymously to Pharos, and published in London in 1937, has taken the author total in the year to date to 111. Also received in the past two weeks have been Ben Dykes’ translation of Abu Ma’Shar’s treatise on solar revolutions fron the Arabic, and Charles Obert’s latest secondary text on traditional astrology, ‘The Lots of Fortune and Spirit’; but since both Abu Ma’Shar and Obert have already been featured in the author roll call for this year, these additions have no effect on the author count.

Update, September 29th: An unexpected bonanza of duplicates from the Astrological Association library that were sold off recently to its members by means of a sudden announcement has increased the author count for this year rather precipitously by 24, which takes the running total of unique authors and authorial combinations among all books acquired this year so far, also including just one cherry-picked antiquarian arrival that was not part of the Astrological Association lot (‘The Morning Star’ by Vitruvius, which dates from 1898), to 136, thereby exceeding the target of 120 for the year as a whole with three months still remaining.

Update, October 6th: The last three books from the Astrological Association library duplicates order, sent separately from the rest, have arrived, lifting the author count for the year to date by another three. The authors in question are Jill Davies, Patrick Harding and A. T. Mann. All books have been integrated into the main catalogue.

2019 book acquisitions by author, A-Z:

Abu Ma’Shar (2018; 2019 * 3)

Addey, John (1974; 1978)

Alexander, R. K. (2011)

Altmann-Wendling, Victoria (2018) (in 2 volumes)

Amasuno, Marcelino V. (1972)

Anonymous (14) (2019)

Anonymous (71) (undated)

Anonymous (72) (1925)

Annus, Amar, ed. (2010)

Arroyo, Stephen (1989)

‘Astarte’ (1967)

Bagliani, Agostino Paravicini, ed. (2016)

Baigent, Michael; Campion, Nicholas and Harvey, Charles (unclearly dated)

Barry, Joseph (1886)

Bate, Henry (2018)

Beck, R. (unclearly dated, 2010s)

Beerden, Kim (2013)

Benjamine, Elbert (1948)

Bernard, A. (1979)

Bogdan, Henrik & Hammer, Olav (2016)

Boner, Patrick J. (2013)

Brady, Bernadette (1992)

Brown, David (2018)

Brown, W. Kenneth; Jayne, Charles A. and Jayne, Vivia (undated)

Bull, Christian H. (2018)

Butler, T. W. (undated)

Ciraolo, Leda and Seidel, Jonathan, ed. (2002)

Clay, Alan (2018)

Clucas, Stephen; Forshaw, Peter J. and Rees, Valery, eds. (2011)

Collin-Smith, Joyce (1980)

Cooper, Joe (1981)

Cornelius, Geoffrey (1994)

Councel, Paul (1945)

Cowling, T. G. (1977)

Cramer, Frederick (1954)

Dalton, J. G. (1901)

Davies, Jill (1992)

De Bonattis, Antonio Francisco (1687)

Delphica (1968)

Doane, Doris Chase (1973)

Doane, Edward (1969)

Dobyns, Zipporah Pottenger and Staff (1973)

Dobyns, Zipporah Pottenger and Roof, Nancy (1973)

Döser, Öner (2018) * 2

Dunn, Richard; Ackermann, Silke and Strano, Giorgio, eds. (2018)

Ebertin, Elsbeth (1921)

Ebertin, Reinhold (1970)

Editors of Astrology Guide Magazine (1938)

El-Bizri, Nader and Orthmann, Eva, eds. (2018)

Escobar, Thyrza (1974)

Feke, Jacqueline (2018)

Forrest, Steven and Green, Jeffrey Wolf (2000)

Francis, James Jason (1975)

Frawley, John (2014)

Frederick, Milan (1937)

Gebhardt, Franz (1934)

Geddes, Sheila (unclearly dated; 1990)

George, Demetra (2019)

Georgoudi, Stella; Piettre, Renée and Schmidt, Francis, eds. (2012)

Hadass, Ofer (2018)

Hall, Manly Palmer (1950; 1957)

Harding, Patrick (1979)

Hardick, Ludwig (1934)

Harper, Donald and Kalinowski, Marc, ed. (2017)

Hill, Hyacinthe (1986)

Ibn Ezra, Abraham (2019)

Iyer, S. Rajagopala (1954)

Johnston, Sarah Iles and Struck, Peter T. (2005)

Jones, Alexander, ed. (2016)

Jones, Marc Edmund (1946)

Junius, M. Ulricus and Wachtel, Justinus (1701)

Jupiter (1965)

Katina (1985)

Kemp, Chester (1972)

Keskar, Govind H. (1909)

Klingner, Annett (2018)

Koppejan, Willem (1995)

Kurze, Dietrich (1960)

Lackner, Michael, ed. (2018)

Lanot, Serafin (1982)

Lass, Martin (2003)

Le Normand, Mlle (attrib.) (1845) * 2

Leo, Alan (undated, circa 1912); (undated * 4)

Longnon, Jean and Cazelles, Raymond, ed. (1969)

Lyndoe, Edward (1949; 1967)

Macer-Story, Eugenia (1982)

Mann, A. T. (1992)

Marr, Alexander (1988; 1990; 1995)

Maul, Stefan M. (2018)

Maximus and Ammon (1877)

May, Hans (1934)

Meier-Parm, Heinrich Christian (1968)

Menconi, Dave, ed. (2015)

Miller-Mignone, Alex (1995)

Moinard la Villedieu, M. (undated, * 3)

Mott, Francis J. (1941)

Muzzio, Dr. John A. (1986)

Murthi, G. Sri Rama (1960)

Myers, Robert ‘Buz’ (1981)

Neely James; Tarkington, Eric (1982)

Obert, Charles (2015); (2018) * 2; (2019)

Pandit, Indoomati and Jain, Ajanta (1959)

Pathena (1977)

Penseyre, Samuel (1726)

Phaneg, G. (1906)

Pharos (undated)

Ptolemy, tr. Julevno (1914)

Raclet, Louis-Marie (undated, * 4)

Raman, Bangalore Venkata (1969)

Rao, Dr. Bh. Satyanarayana (1936)

Resnick, Irvin M., ed. (2013)

Rodríguez-Arribas, Josefina; Burnett, Charles; Ackermann, Silke and Szpiech, Ryan, eds. (2019)

Roebuck, Valerie J. (1992)

Rossi, Paolo Aldo and Li Vigni, Ida, eds. (2017)

Rudhyar, Dane (1973)

Rutkin, H. Darren (2019)

Sahl, ed. / tr. Dykes, Benjamin N. (2019)

Scheible, J. (1857)

Schmieder, Karl Christoph (undated, circa 1925)

Schwickert, Gustav (1957)

Schuler, Mildred (1969)

Scofield, Bruce (2018)

Sehested, Ove (1973) * 3

Sellers, Carolyn (1995)

Stoctay, G. G. (pseud.) (1973)

Stone, Ken (1968)

Strachan, Gordon (1985)

Sucher, W. [O.] (1958; undated)

Trenoweth, Alex (2017)

Troncarelli, Fabio, ed. (1985)

Vescovini, Graziella Federica (2011; 2018)

Vitruvius (1898)

Von Elmensberg, K. W. (1929) * 2; (1930)

Wemyss, Maurice (1938)

West, John Anthony & Toonder, Jan Gerhard (1973)

Williams, Katalin (1974 * 2)

Wilson, Colin (1982)

Wilson-Ludlam, Mae R. (1973)

Witte, Alfred (1932)

This list will be periodically updated as new additions are received.

NB: To see the full catalogue records for all the above additions, select the appropriate bibliography page based on the alphabetical position of the author in the full books catalogue index, bearing in mind that authors altogether new to the collection this year are not yet listed in the index, but their books are nonetheless fully catalogued on the appropriate bibliography pages


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  1. WOW. Dry impressed by your diligence and determination to acquire perhaps every astrology book ever written or so it seems. am I off Base… where will they be left behind this treasure trove

    • Hello Marion, thank you for your thoughtful and generous comments! The sheer number of books published each year, many of them self-published, and in multiple languages, precludes completeness, but I’m certainly trying to keep up with as many as possible of the significant titles and to collect older works that are affordable and important. If we go back before 1800, books get very expensive; and there are so many editions of astrology books printed from 1500 to 1800 and worth thousands of dollars apiece that only a very wealthy individual or institution would be able to realise the ambition of acquiring most of them. I’m not wealthy at all, but by scrimping and saving I am doing my best to create as good an astrological library as can be managed on a limited income, and I certainly hope it will be permanent and outlive me – Philip

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