A New and Complete Set of Astrological Tables, for finding the Declination, Right Ascension, Ascensional Difference, & Crepuscu-Line Arcs…. LONGITUDE, James WILSON.
A New and Complete Set of Astrological Tables, for finding the Declination, Right Ascension, Ascensional Difference, & Crepuscu-Line Arcs…

A New and Complete Set of Astrological Tables…
A New and Complete Set of Astrological Tables, for finding the Declination, Right Ascension, Ascensional Difference, & Crepuscu-Line Arcs…

London: William Hughes, 1820.

Octavo, xii, 76 pp. of tables, a few spots, ink to the last 3 leaves of the tables; a very good copy in the original publisher's boards, rebacked, some wear on the edges.

First edition, rare. A remarkable collection of astrological tables preceded by a colourful preface, designed as a contribution to contemporary debates about astronomy and navigation.

First edition, rare. A remarkable collection of astrological tables preceded by a colourful preface, designed as a contribution to contemporary debates about astronomy and navigation.
Wilson, an influential astrologer, is best known as the author of the controversial A Complete Dictionary of Astrology, which has remained in print into this century and was long considered the definitive work. He remains an anonymous figure: 'Nothing is known of his life and personal circumstances' (ODNB). Wilson published several other works, including a translation of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos.
The extensive tables are perhaps eclipsed by the preface, where Wilson seeks to meet the claims of his detractors regarding his earlier published dictionary. A review is included, 'Mr Wilson, who, believing in the possibility of predicting the events of men's lives, seeks to raise this exploded art once more among the liberal sciences.' The fastidious rebuttal which follows runs to several pages and includes a letter of reply from Wilson, which was refused publication.
This rare and curious work is not widely held and is an indispensable compliment to the dictionary.

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