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Raphael’s The Pythoness of the East, no author stated [Robert Cross Smith?] pub. Foulsham, 1894. 212 pages, two leaves of advertisements. 12mo, covers with some grubbiness / marks, closed split to cloth of 1 1/2” where front cover meets spine darkened with areas of abrasion. Two pages at the front have perforations down the gutter; these are the cards to be used with the book and were meant to be removed, here, unusually still present. Cross Smith [1795-1832] was an English astrologer. After his death his almanac The Prophetic Messenger continued to be published as Raphael’s Ephemeris. A rare title. The book may be an English language reprint of The Oracle of Human Destiny of 1832 [?] by Madame Le Normand [1772-1843] a professional fortune-teller in France.
“Note To Reader: I beg you to examine these pages carefully, and particularly to study the Sun Spot Chart. Very Respectfully. W. T. Foster” “The sun spot variations that average about 11.1 years have more than one cause. Regarding the planets as magnets and in accord with well-known laws of electro-magnetism, when the planets are nearest the sun the cloud elements of the Sun expand and cover the sun spots. An electro-magnetic force is thrown off from a rotating planet over its equator, disturbing the Sun or another planet that may come into that plane.”