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Visions of the future : almanacs, time, and cultural change, 1775-1870

Author: Maureen Perkins
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, 1996.
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Historians have long puzzled over the 'death' of astrology at the end of the seventeenth century. Visions of the Future demonstrates that astrology was alive and well for much of the nineteenth century, finding expression in one of the best-selling items of popular literature, the almanac. It examines the contents of the most notorious almanacs, such as Moore's and Poor Robin, publications which provide a colourful
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Genre/Form: History
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Perkins, Maureen.
Visions of the future.
Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)680673923
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maureen Perkins
ISBN: 0198121784 9780198121787
OCLC Number: 34545970
Awards: Winner of Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Book Award 1997 and the New South Wales Premier's History Prize 1997.
Description: viii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Almanacs, Astrology, and the Stationers' Company --
2. The Birth of the Statistical Almanac and the Assault on Superstition --
3. Almanacs and Prophecy --
4. Comic Almanacs --
5. Australian Almanacs and Popular Culture --
6. The Parent of a Hundred Superstitions --
Conclusion: Appropriating the Calendar --
App. I. English Stock 1801.
Responsibility: Maureen Perkins.
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