London: Knight and Lacey, 1825. Hard Cover. 8vo [127 mm x 203.2]. Very Good. Item #001029
By the Members of the Mercurii: Raphael, The Metropolitan Astrologer; The Editor of The Prophetic Almanack; and Other Sideral Artists of First-Rate Eminence. The Seventh Edition, Supervised and Collected with Numerous Additions, by Merlinus Anglicus, Junior, Gent. Revised and enlarged edition. Halfbound in calf over marbled green boards. xii, 560 p.p., plus  p.p. ads.  colour plates, incl. frontis, and ninety engravings of horoscopes, hieroglyphics, and talismans. Light wear to joints, with rubbing to boards and edges. Light foxing. Small tear to margin of p. 304, not affecting text. Else a very good copy. Writing as Raphael, the English astrologer Robert Cross Smith [1795-1832] was founding member of the Society of Mercurii, an occult order in London that sparked an astrological and magic revival. The Struggling Astrologer in August, 1824. Smith collected the various articles on astrology, divination, necromancy, ceremonial magic, and geomancy and published it in book form under The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century. The first edition incorrectly appeared as ‘The Sixth Edition.’ This second and revised edition includes sections on foretelling events, necromantic incantation, method for invoking the dead, incantations for invoking the spirit to visible appearance. charms and talismans and other divination techniques.