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MACKEY, Sampson Arnold (1765--1843)
[The mythological astronomy of the ancients demonstrated. 1826]
The mythological astronomy, in three parts. By S.A. Mackay [sic], Norwich,
London: published by Hurst & Clarke, and may be had of all booksellers, 1826.
viii, [9]--263, [1] p., [3] pl. ; 18.0 cm. (12º)

Printer's imprint on title-page verso: Exeter, printed for the author by T. Besley, jun. First published Norwich, [1822]--1823, in two parts. A second edition of the first part followed in 1824. The first two plates, 'Mackey's Sphinxiad' and 'Cyclob' Thiad' are dated 'May 1. 1822' and 'July 16th. 1822', from the original Norwich edition; the first has a volvelle. The third plate is dated 'March 21. 1824'. Mackey, a shoemaker in Norwich, published a dozen or more books on astronomy and astrology, all of them of a more or less eccentric and disputatious nature, with a particular focus solar and serpent myths. He gave lectures on his theories and was one of the first writers to publicly argue that the earth was millions of years old rather than thousands as stated in the Bible. A companion to the mythological astronomy, in two parts, was published in 1824-[1825] (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bound (1) with two further works by Mackey, A companion to the mythological astronomy, 1824 [--1825], (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).

Reference Number 505


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