Astrology books and papers by 52 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

2019 book acquisitions by author, A-Z:

Abu Ma’Sar (2018)

Alexander, R. K. (2011)

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

Annus, Amar, ed. (2010)

Bagliani, Agostino Paravicini, ed. (2016)

Barry, Joseph (1886)

Beck, R. (unclearly dated, 2010s)

Bogdan, Henrik & Hammer, Olav (2016)

Boner, Patrick J. (2013)

Bull, Christian H. (2018)

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

Clay, Alan (2018)

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

Councel, Paul (1945)

Cowling, T. G. (1977)

Cramer, Frederick (1954)

Dalton, J. G. (1901)

Döser, Öner (2018) * 2

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

Editors of Astrology Guide Magazine (1938)

Feke, Jacqueline (2018)

Frawley, John (2014)

George, Demetra (2019)

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

Hadass, Ofer (2018)

Jones, Alexander, ed. (2016)

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

Jupiter (1965)

Keskar, Govind H. (1909)

Klingner, Annett (2018)

Lackner, Michael, ed. (2018)

Leo, Alan (undated, circa 1912)

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

Macer-Story, Eugenia (1982)

Maul, Stefan M. (2018)

Maximus and Ammon (1877)

Menconi, Dave, ed. (2015)

Myers, Robert ‘Buz’ (1981)

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

Resnick, Irvin M., ed. (2013)

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

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

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

Scheible, J. (1857)

Schmieder, Karl Christoph (undated, circa 1925)

Scofield, Bruce (2018)

Sehested, Ove (1973) * 3

Stone, Ken (1968)

Trenoweth, Alex (2017)

Troncarelli, Fabio, ed. (1985)

Vescovini, Graziella Federica (2011; 2018)

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

This list will be periodically updated as new additions are received


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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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