Genethlialogia, or, The Doctrine of Nativities

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by John Gadbury

John Gadbury was an astrologer. He authored numerous works on astrology and started a series of yearly "Ephemerides" under his name that had a long run. "He started professional life as a thoroughly traditional judicial astrologer; his first book, Genethlialogia..., bore the imprimatur from Lilly." [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: John Gadbury

Title: Genethlialogia, or, The Doctrine of Nativities: Containing the Whole Art of Directions and Annual Revolutions, Whereby Any Man (Even of an Ordinary Capacity) May Be Enabled To Discover The Most Remarkable And Occult Accidents Of His Life, As They Shall Occur Unto Him In The Whole Course Thereof, Either For Good Or Evil: Also Tables For Calculating The Planets Places For Any Time, Either Past, Present Or To Come, Together With The Doctrine Of Horarie Questions Which (In The Absence Of A Nativity) Is Sufficient To Inform Any One Of All Manner Of Contingencies Necessary To Be Known

Published: London: Printed by Ja. Cottrel for Giles Calvert, William Larnar, and Daniel White, 1658.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in eighteenth century calf decorated in blind with cover divided into 9 compartments, rebacked. Title on red morocco label, gilt, bookplate of Robert Russell Needham Baron and label of Elizabeth H. Frazer. Purchased from Krown & Spellman Booksellers.


  1. Patrick Curry, Prophecy And Power, 1989; Wing G84. Gardner, Astrologica, 432. Lowndes II, 883.