London: Simpkin & Co., 1860 and 1864. [Occult Astrology] FINELY BOUND FIRST EDITIONS. Two volumes bound as one. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp. xii; 16; xiv; 7-177 ; 137 ; pp.xxxii; 72. Filled with astrological diagrams, tables, and lithographic illustrations, many folding. Contemporary tan half calf with raised bands, gilt titles to burgundy label, and Masonic gilt tooling to spine. Marbled paper over boards; all edges and endpapers marbled. Large 'Supreme Council' Masonic bookplate to front pastedown, lightly crossed through in blue ink. Light rubbing and some minor bumping to binding. Near fine. Hewson was a Church of England Curate educated at Cambridge with a particular interest in the Book of Revelation and Prophesy. This highly complex volume of novel exegesis was supplemented in later years by further illustrations and diagrams in 'Illustrations of Tracts on the Greek-Egyptian Sun-Dial, with Seven Steps, etc.' (1870). A rare book not seen at auction in recent times. Item #57326
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