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MACKEY, Sampson Arnold (1765--1843)
[The mythological astronomy of the ancients demonstrated. Supplement. 1825]
A companion to the mythological astronomy, &c. Containing a new theory of the earth, and of planetary motion; in which is demonstrated that, the sun is vicegerent of his own system. Illustrated by 5 plates. Also, an alphabetical arrangement of mythological etymologies. By Sampson Arnold Mackey.
Norwich printed for the author; by R. Walker, 1824 [--1825].
[2], xxi, [2], 26--106, [2]; 88 p., IV--VIII [i.e. 5] pl. ; 18.0 cm. (12º)

In two parts, each with an additional title-page. The title-page to the first part reads A companion to the mythological astronomy, &c. Containing remarks on recent publications on mythology, etymology and geology. In which, also, is shown, the insufficiency of rotary and orbicular motion to form atoms into globes without the assistance of that unseen power which is denominated attraction. Illustrated by plates. By S.A. Mackey, with the imprint: Norwich: printed by R. Walker, and published by the author; and in London by his grand-daughter, E. Bluring, 1824. The preface is dated 'Oct. 1824', and in a note on p. [xxii] the author explains 'to his Friends, who will see some alteration in the new Title Page to the Companion, that it has been occasioned by his ... being able to give ... a richer treat than he at first expected to give; which will be found in the pages of his New Theory of the Earth and of Planetary motion. This will also account for the delay, ... as new information required new Plates.'. In the introduction (p. [25]), Mackey, a shoemaker in Norwich and author of a dozen or more books on astronomy and astrology, attributes to lack of funds the two-year delay since the first publication of his earlier book The mythological astronomy of the ancients demonstrated, Norwich, [1822]--1823, to which a third part was added with the second edition in 1824. The imprint of the title-page to the second part, A new theory of the earth, and of planetary motion is undated, but the advertisement on the verso is dated 'Jan. 5th 1825.'. The five plates are numbered IV--VIII, consecutively to the three plates in The mythological astronomy.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with two further works by Mackey, The mythological astronomy, 3rd ed., 1826 (q.v.) and Man's best friend, or the evils of pious frauds, 1826 (q.v.), with all the plates bound at the front.

Binding C18th calf, gilt double-ruled boards and spine, black morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 2s. 3d., 19 June 1830. (Spiers Box).

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