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Supernatural sights and apparitions seen in London, June 30. 1644. interpreted. With a mathematicall discourse of the now imminent conjunction of Iupiter and Mars, 26 July, 1644. the effects which either here or in some neere counties from thence may be expected.
London, printed for T.V. and are to be sold by I.S. in Little Brittaine, 1644. 4to., 16pp., with two large zodiacal text figures, generally a little spotted and browned, upper margin of title cut close, but with no loss of letters, errata slip pasted over blank foot of last page, bound in mid-19th century black half roan gilt, rather worn. A pretty good copy with the 19th century armorial bookplate of Sir William Grace, Baronet.> First edition. Wing L.2249. 1644 saw the beginning of Lilly's long series of pamphlets of prophecy. In the present, his astrological predictions were vague but portentously gloomy. 'Upon a suddaine and unexpected accident, the dissipation and dissolving of some misterious close consultation and mischievous plot against our State and Common-wealth is portended; the disunion and disagreement of the projectors amongst themselves, and all this is forraigne parts as well as in England: a renting in peeces or mutinous disturbance of some monarchy neare hand, or some Austrian family or Principality, &c. A commotion of the meanest sort of people against some principall man, or majistracy: Losse to Spaine; That we English with our Armies shall travers all the in land countries of this Kingdom, &c. This is all I either can or dare say. M.L.' 1644 marked the third phase of the English Civil War, with victories for the Royalists at Copredy Bridge and Lostwithiel and a major defeat at Marston Moor. Lilly's populist predictions and pseudo-scientific prognostications sold like hot-cakes.
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