Astrologia Restaurata;
Astrologia Restaurata; Astrologia Restaurata; Astrologia Restaurata; Astrologia Restaurata;
London: Printed for Robert. 1654.

Second edition, textually the same as the 1653 first edition but with a new title. With the rare frontispiece portrait not even called for by ESTC. Small folio in 4s (275x180mm). pp. [8], 29, [3], 38, [12], 49-112, [12], 121-202, [12], 213-333, [19]. Twentieth century half calf, marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Lacking blank F4. Woodcut headpieces and initials. Divisional title pages to each part are dated 1653. Some slight staining in places, the initial two leaves (frontispiece and title page) are a little soiled and chipped to edges but overall a very good copy of a rare book of which ESTC locates five copies in the UK (two in the Wellcome) and ten in the US and one in Australia.
The son of the clockmaker David Ramsey, William (1626-1676) changed the spelling of his name to Ramesey (which he said meant 'joy and delight') because he thought his ancestors came from Egypt. He trained as a doctor in Montpellier, graduating in 1652 and later became a physician in ordinary to Charles II.
Astrologia Restaurata begins with Ramesey's autobiography and a short defence of astrology before dealing with the technical and scientific aspects of the subject. The first book is an "Introduction to the Judgement of the Stars" which reveals how to calculate a chart, the meanings of the planets, signs, aspects and how to read them and use them in a delineation. There follows an "Introduction to Elections" which is a detailed set of rules for electional astrology - i.e. how to choose the best time for a particular action. The final book is devoted to the study of heavenly cycles upon peoples and nations.