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The Cradle of the Twin Giants, Science and History

The Cradle of the Twin Giants, Science and History
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108037648

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  • Henry Christmas (1811–68) was a scholar of very wide interests and a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He wrote extensively about many subjects including philosophy, religion, literature, mythology and numismatics. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and soon afterwards became the librarian and secretary of Sion College. Between 1840 and 1860 he edited a number of books and journals, including The Literary Gazette. He also translated Calmet's Phantom World, and Wieland's Republic of Fools into English. Published in 1849, this two-volume set examines how popular mythology kept alive beliefs about the occult, alchemy and the paranormal. Volume 1 looks at astrology, dream-interpretation, magic and fantastical automata. Volume 2 considers witchcraft, mesmerism, fairy mythology, alchemy and ghosts. The work shows how elements of these beliefs came to be regarded as fact, and so influenced rational thinking.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108037648
    • dimensions: 214 x 140 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Book I:
    1. Introductory
    2. Astrology
    3. Of the origin of astrology
    4. Of astrology considered as a science
    5. Nativities
    6. Conclusion of the sketch of astrology
    7. Medical astrology
    8. Magic
    9. Of the early history of magic, and particularly among the Egyptians
    10. Automata, or moving images
    11. Arithmetical magic, or the magical operation of numbers, and of magic squares
    12. Oneiromancy - sleep and dreams
    13. Oneiromancy (continued) - the interpretation of dreams
    Book II:
    1. The heroic, or romantic ages
    2. The heroic, or romantic ages
    3. The heroic, or romantic ages of Britain
    4. The heroic ages of Britain
    5. Ecclesiastical romance
    6. Modern ecclesiastical romance
    7. Mesmeric wonders
    Appendix. Volume 2: Book III:
    1. Mesmerism
    2. Mesmerism
    3. Mesmerism - clairvoyance
    4. Clairvoyance (continued) and homoeopathy
    Book IV:
    1. Pneumatology
    2. Apparitions of the deceased, commonly called ghosts
    3. Witchcraft
    4. Witchcraft among barbarous nations
    5. Fairy mythology
    6. Fairy mythology
    7. Of talismans and charms
    Book V:
    1. Alchemy
    2. Of the recipes for, and the alleged success of, transmutation, etc.
    3. Historical recapitulation
    4. Historical recapitulation (concluded).

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    Henry Christmas

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