Donate to or Sponsor the Astrology Library

The astrological library founded by Philip M. Graves has been under development since the first books on astrology he received as gifts in 1995, and has been settled in permanent premises visitable by astrologers and scholars in South Wales, UK since 2018. In 2020, the same building also began to house the periodicals and foreign-language books archive of the Astrological Association of Great Britain under his stewardship, adding significantly to the breadth and depth of the resources available under one roof to visiting researchers.

The library is not funded by any organisation, educational establishment, trust fund or local authority, and to date has been entirely self-financed.

If you represent a university or other educational body, or an astrological or heritage organisation, and would like to sponsor the library on an ongoing basis in return for use of the facilities or the promotion of your activities through the pages of its website at Astrolearn.com, please contact us with your proposals or to request further information.

We welcome private donations by both individuals and organisations of funds for the purchase of additional books, as well as direct donations of books and magazine issues of relevance that are not in the library so far (please note that because of limited space, we cannot generally accept unsorted donations of books that include duplicates of materials already in the library).

If you wish to donate funds, there are three main ways you can donate at the moment:

1. Direct Paypal donation

Directly donate a sum via Paypal in pounds sterling. This is efficient as no VAT is payable on your donation and commission is limited to the usual Paypal fees and conversion rate spreads:

2. Sponsor the Astrology Library on Patreon

VAT is payable on Patreon services at 20% in the UK, so this is less efficient, but all Patreon subscriptions are valued for their contribution of funds to the library on an ongoing basis. Starting in October 2021, Patreon subscribers have been receiving exclusive monthly news updates on the platform.

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3. Sponsor the purchase of a new academic book of your choice from our current wants list.

New academic books of relevance to the history of astrology can be costly, often costing upwards of GBP £100, but are extremely valuable to visiting researchers as scholarly reference material, and if you sponsor a single one of these, unless you express your wish to remain anonymous, you will be thanked with a custom write-up on our blog acknowledging your generous donation and linking through to the website of your choice (which could be your personal or professional website or a charity you support – please note that we do not link to political websites or other potentially divisive content). Other books will continue to be funded by Graves personally on an ongoing basis.

To sponsor any of these books, please make your selection and send Graves an email on [email protected]. He will check that it is still available to buy at all and provided that it is, then get back to you with details of the cheapest current supplier he can find that ships to the UK, and the price. If you wish to go ahead with your donation to the library, all you have to do then is use the Paypal donations button above to the sum indicated, and Graves will place the order using the money received. If preferred, you may directly order the book yourself – on condition of keeping the library address strictly confidential for reasons of security! In either case, all books donated from this list are guaranteed to become a permanent part of the library.

Current academic books want list (last updated May 7th, 2022)

  1. Pseudo-Apuleius (Hermes Trismegistus) ‘Asclepius’ (Corpus Christianorum 143: Brepols, 2019)
  2. Markel ‘Origins of the Indian Planetary Deities’ (Edwin Mellen Press)
  3. Page, Sophie and Rider, C., eds. ‘The Routledge History of Medieval Magic’ (2019)
  4. ‘The return of Saturn & Astraea: Jacopo Pontormo’s Astrological Allegories for Villa Castello’
  5. Kunitzsch, Paul ‘Untersuchungen zur Sternnomenklatur der Araber’ (Harrassowitz)
  6. Grove, T. P. ‘A Star in the East : An Ethno-Cognitive Study of Georgian Astrology and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Caucasian Region’ (PhD thesis, Biola University, 2012)
  7. Hendrix ‘How Albert the Great’s Speculum Astronomiae Was Interpreted and Used by Four Centuries of Readers’ (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010)
  8. Gaab ‘Der Altdorfer Mathematik- und Physikdozent Abdias Trew (1597-1669): Astronom, Astrologe, Kalendermacher und Theologe’ (2011)
  9. Shabbatai Donnolo’s Sefer Kahhmoni (Brill, 2010)
  10. Şen ‘Astrology in the Service of the Empire: Knowledge, Prognostication, and Politics at the Ottoman Court 1450s-1550s’ (PhD dissertation, University of Chicago, 2016)
  11. Tur ‘Hora introitus solis in Arietem. Les prédictions astrologiques annuelles latines dans l’Europe du XVe siècle (1405–1484)’ (PhD dissertation, Université d’Orléans, 2018)
  12. Adamson ‘Studies on Plotinus and Al-Kindi’ (Ashgate, 2014)
  13. Vanalesti ‘Il firmamento di Dante. Astronomia e astrologia nel poema dantesco’ (2018)
  14. Gaida, M. ‘Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in Premodern Europe’ (PhD dissertation, University of Oklahoma, 2017)
  15. Marra, M. ‘Astrologia e cristianesimo. L’ascesi astrologica in Jan Van Ruysbroeck’ (2017)
  16. ‘Le temps des astronomes: l’astronomie et le décompte du temps de Pierre d’Ailly à Newton’ (2017)
  17. Genesis and Cosmos: Basil and Origen on Genesis 1 and Cosmology’ (Brill, 2019)
  18. Eastwood ‘Ordering the Heavens: Astronomy and Cosmology in the Carolingian Renaissance’
  19. Matthews, S. K. ‘Matter over Mind: Pietro d’Abano (d. 1316) and the Science of Physiognomy’ (PhD dissertation, University of Iowa, 2015)
  20. Wuidar, L. ‘Music and Esotericism’ (Brill, 2010)
  21. Goddu, A. ‘Copernicus and the Aristotelian Tradition: Education, Reading, and Philosophy in Copernicus’s Path to Heliocentrism’ (2010)
  22. Cunningham, Clifford, ed., The Scientific Legacy of William Herschel (Springer, 2018)
  23. McLeod, Alx ‘Astronomy in the Ancient World’ (Springer, 2016) 
  24. Boutikas et. al, eds. ‘Advancing Cultural Astronomy: Studies in Honour of Clive Ruggles’ (Springer, 2021)
  25. Gullberg, Steven R ‘Astronomy of the Inca Empire’ (Springer, 2020)
  26. Stern, Sacha ‘Calendars in the Making: the Origins of Calendars from the Roman Empire to the Late Middle Ages’ (Brill, 2021)
  27. Tomlin ‘A Divinity for All Persuasions’ (OUP)
  28. ‘Kepler. La Physique céleste. Autour de l’Astronomia Nova (1609)’ (2011)
  29. Brian P. Copenhaver ‘Magic and the Dignity fo Man: Pico della Mirandola and his Oration in Modern Memory’ Harvard University Press, 2019
  30. Ulrike Steinert ‘Assyrian and Babylonian Scholarly Text Catalogues: Medicine, Magic and Divination’ De Gruyter, 2018
  31. De l’homme, de la nature et du monde. Mélanges d’histoire des sciences médiévales offerts à Danielle Jacquart, Genève, 2019
  32. Michael Hunter ‘The Decline of Magic: Britain in the Enlightenment’ Yale, 2020
  33. ‘Lo sguardo sugli astri: scienza, cultura e arte’ (Bardi Edizioni, 2015)
  34. Battistini ‘Le opere di Galileo Galilei – Testi. Appendice – Vol. III’ (2017)
  35. ‘Ex Oriente Lux. Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in Medieval Mediterranean Society’ (2016)
  36. ‘Johannes von Gmunden. Zwischen Astronomie und Astrologie’ (2012)
  37. Christie, J. E. ‘From Influence to Inhabitation. The Transformation of Astrobiology in the Early Modern Period’ (2019)
  38. Blake ‘Astronomy and Astrology in the Islamic World’ (Edinburgh University Press)
  39. ‘Neoplatonic Demons and Angels’ (Brill, 2018)
  40. ‘Image, Imagination and Cognition: Medieval and Early Modern Theory and Practice’ (Brill, 2018)
  41. Magic and Memory in Giordano Bruno
  42. The Diffusion of the Islamic Sciences in the Western World (2020)
  43. Gunzburg, Darrelyn ‘Giotti’s Salone’ (PhD dissertation – source?)
  44. Vargas ‘Time’s Causal Power: Proclus and the Natural Theology of Time’ NYP Brill Sep 2021
  45. Sorensen ‘Theoretical and Empirical Investigations of Divination and Magic’ Brill NYP 2021
  46. Lehrich, Christopher I., ed. ‘The Language of Demons and Angels: Cornelius Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy’ Brill 2003
  47. Peter Staudenmaier ‘Between Occultism and Nazism: Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era’ Brill
  48. Mösender, Karl ‘Paracelsus und die Bilder: Über Glauben, Magie und Astrologie im Reformationszeitalter’ (2009) (De Gruyter)
  49. Vottorio Cotesta ‘The Heavens and the Earth: Graeco-Roman, Ancient Chinese, and Medieval Islamic Images of the World’ BRILL Sep 2021 NYP
  50. Maul, Stefan M. ‘Die Wahrsagekunst im Alten Orient : Zeichen des Himmels und der Erde’ (2013)
  51. Nothalt ‘A Fourteenth-Century Chronologer and Critic of Astrology: Heinrich Selder’s Treatise on the Time of the Lord’s Annunciation, Nativity, and Passion’ NYP – OUP, 2022
  52. Zuber ‘Spiritual Alchemy From Jacob Boehme to Mary Anne Atwood’ NYP – Oxford, April 2022
  53. Chajes ‘Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky’s Theosophy’ Oxford, 2019
  54. Cox, Simon ‘The Subtle Body: A Genealogy’ NYP – Oxford, 2022
  55. Johnson, J. Cale; Stavru, Alessandro ‘Visualizing the invisible with the human body: Physiognomy and ekphrasis in the ancient world’ De Gruyter, 2020
  56. Johnson, J. Cale, ed. ‘In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia’ De Gruyter, 2015

Other new titles will be added to the list as titles already on it are acquired and new books of importance are announced or drawn to my attention.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the library resources!

Academic Books Received in 2022:

The Received in 2022 shortlist under the heading above will be displayed only until the first update in 2023 as a temporary record of academic book arrivals during the year.

  1. Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius ; tr. Purdue, Eric ’Three Books of Occult Philosophy: The Natural World – The Celestial World – The Divine World’ 3-volume set – Inner Traditions International, One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont, 2021
  2. Bohak, Gideon and Burnett, Charles, eds. ’[Micrologus Library, 106:] Thābit ibn Qurra On Talismans and Ps.-Ptolemy On Images 1-9 Together with the Liber prestigiorum Thebidis of Adelard of Bath’ Sismel  Edizioni del Galluzzo, Firenze, 2021
  3. Boll, Franz ’[Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Stiftung Heinrich Lanz, Philosophisch-historische Klasse – Jahrgang 1910. 1. Abhandlung:] Griechische Kalender I. Der Kalender des Antiochos – Mit 2 Tafeln – Eingegangen am 29. Oktober 1910’ Carl Winter’s Universitätsbuchhandlung – Heidelberg, 1910
  4. Boll, Franz ’[Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Stiftung Heinrich Lanz, Philosophisch-historische Klasse – Jahrgang 1911. 1. Abhandlung:] Griechische Kalender II. Der Kalender der Quintilier und die Überlieferung der Geoponica – Eingegangen am 21. Januar 1911’ Carl Winter’s Universitätsbuchhandlung – Heidelberg, 1911
  5. Guenzi, Caterina; tr. George, Reneka and Guenzi, Caterina ’[SUNY Series in Hindu Studies:] Words of Destiny: Practicing Astrology in North India’ State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 2021
  6. Heiduk, Matthias; Herbers, Klaus and Lehner, Hans-Christian, eds. ’Prognostication in the Medieval World: a Handbook’ 2-volume set – Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin / Boston, 2021
  7. Williamson, Ray A., ed. ’[Ballena Press Anthropological Papers No. 22:] Archaeoastronomy in the Americas’ Ballena Press, 381 First Street, Los Altos, California / The Center for Archaeoastronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1981
  8. Yadav, Nupurnima ’Astrology in India: a Sociological Inquiry’ Routledge, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 / 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 2022
  9. Kurlander, Eric ‘Hitler’s Monsters: a Supernatural History of the Third Reich’ Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2017
  10. Hasse, Dag Nikolaus ’[I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History:] Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance’ Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England, 2016
  11. Tessicini, Dario and Boner, Patrick J., eds. ’[Bibliotheca di Galilaeana, III:] Celestial Novelties on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution’ Leo S. Olschki Editore, Viuzzo del Pozzetto, 8, 50126 Firenze, 2013
  12. Günther, Sebastian; Pielow, Dorothee, eds. ’[Islamic History and Civilization, Studies and Texts, Volume 158:] Die Geheimnisse der oberen und der unteren Welt – Magie in Islam zwischen Glaube und Wissenschaft’ Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2019
  13. Hon, Tze-ki, ed. ’[Prognostication in History, Volume 8:] The Other Yijing: The Book of Changes in Chinese History, Politics, and Everyday Life’ Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2022

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