The second part of Mene Tekel: Treating of the year MDCLXXXIX. And modestly shewing what may probably be conjectured to succeed in the affairs of Europe in general, and of England, Holland, Scotland, and France in particular; with something also about the affairs of Ireland, and the French King’s forces there. To which is added, a treasonable paper dispersed among the Papists, by J. Gadbury, with some Reflections thereon, and also on his Almanack for 1689 / By John Partridge. Licens’d May 23, 1689. J. Fraser. London: Printed, and Sold by Richard Baldwin in the Old-Baily, 1689. Quarto. pp. [viii], 32. Titlepage woodcut. Recent quarter calf on marbled boards, title in gilt on spine. Spine faded, otherwise a very good copy. Exceedingly rare.
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John Gadbury (1627-1704) was an English astrologer, and a prolific writer of almanacs and on other related topics. Initially a follower or disciple, and a defender in the 1650s, of William Lilly, he eventually turned against Lilly and denounced him in 1675 as fraudulent.
His 1652 ‘Philastrogus Knavery Epitomized’ was a reply to ‘Lillies Ape Whipt’ by the pseudonymous Philastrogus, defending Lilly, Nicholas Culpeper and others.
Gadbury’s father William was an estate worker for Sir John Curson of Waterperry House near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, who eloped with Frances, a daughter of the house, a year before John’s birth. However, John Gadbury persuaded his grandfather Sir John to put him through Oxford, before his astrological training.
He became a High Tory and Catholic convert. He had a number of brushes with the authorities: imprisonment (wrongful) at the time of the Popish Plot and suspicion later of plotting against William III of England; he also got in trouble for omitting Guy Fawkes Day from his almanacs.
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