“We perceive from the engraving of the Billiards of the seventtenth century (Fig. 2153), that the game was altogether different from what it is now. There were two instead of three balls, and a pair of little arches near the centre of the table, instead of the six “pockets” that are at present to be found attached on its outer edges, namely, one [...] [more...] [$]
“But Lilly’s popularity with the million chiefly originated in his almanac, which he began to publish in 1644, under the title of ‘Merlinus Anglicus, Junior.’ This obtained an amazing circulation, and was followed by a host of similar productions, of whose authors, John Gadbury (Fig. 2157) was one of the most notorious in his own day, whilst Francis [...] [more...] [$]
“The most eminent of the names intimately connected with astrology, in modern [1840s] times at least, is that of John Dee (Fig. 2155), a man of remarkable ability and learning, who at the age of twenty made a tour on the Continent for the purpose—unusual with persons of his age—of holding scientific converse with the most eminent European scholars. [...] [more...] [$]
“It is in connection [... with ...] Edward Kelly (Fig. 2156) that the lovers of the miraculous have become most familiar with the name of Doctor Dee [see Fig. 2155]. Kelly entered his service as an assistant in 1581, and then, according to the ordinary accounts, were commenced the “conversations with spirits.” The two magicians, it seems, had a black [...] [more...] [$]
This is a picture of the inside of the church now called St. Giles-without-Cripplegate (‘without’ being an old word meaning ‘outside’ or ‘beyond’). The modern church was largely rebuilt after being badly damaged by bombs in the War, but when this drawing was done it was probably still the mediaeval interior, [...] [more...] [$]
“If in one of those magic freaks of which eastern tales are so full, a person who had never seen Oxford or Cambridge, nor paid much attention to aught he might have read about them, were set down just outside on of these cities, say, for instance, Oxford, and on the Abingdon road (Fig. 2271), and were conducted from thence into its streets and among [...] [more...] [$]
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