HUGHES (TED) - MYSTICISM AND ASTROLOGY A collection of books relating to mysticism, the Kabbalah, astrology, etc., belonging to Hughes, 8vo; and 2 others, including a 1971 edition of The New Waite's Compendium with 2 annotations by Hughes, and a 1966 edition of the I Ching inscribed "To Olwyn [Hughes] with love from Ted Xmas 1967" (12)
Lot 373
HUGHES (TED) - MYSTICISM AND ASTROLOGY
A collection of books relating to mysticism, the Kabbalah, astrology, etc., belonging to Hughes, 8vo; and 2 others, including a 1971 edition of The New Waite's Compendium with 2 annotations by Hughes, and a 1966 edition of the I Ching inscribed "To Olwyn [Hughes] with love from Ted Xmas 1967" (12)
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HUGHES (TED) - MYSTICISM AND ASTROLOGY
A collection of books relating to mysticism, the Kabbalah, astrology, etc., belonging to Hughes, comprising: The New Waite's Compendium of Natal Astrology... by Colin Evans, with note "All Midday" in Hughes's hand on p.177, and a loosely inserted 1-page MANUSCRIPT HOROSCOPE BY HUGHES (298 x 214mm.), spine detached, 1953--SCHOLEM (GERSHOM G.) On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism, dust-jacket, 1965--KNIGHT (GARETH) A Practical Guide of Qabalistic Symbolism, 2 vol., dust-jacket on volume 2 only, 1965--BARDON (FRANZ) The Key to the True Quabbalah, dust-jacket, Wuppertal, 1971--LETHBRIDGE (T.C.) Witches. Investigating an Ancient Religion, 1962--BUTLER (W.E.) Magic and the Qabalah, dustwrappers, 1971--The I Ching or Book of Changes, vol. 1 only, inscribed "to Ted. November '64 with love from Ruth & Alan [Sillitoe], 1960--STURZAKER (JAMES) Kabbalistic Aphorisms, 1971--The Tibetan Book of the Dead [translated by W.Y. Evans-Wentz], 1957, ALL SIGNED BY TED HUGHES, except the third to last, and the last 2 mentioned which have Hughes's name inscribed by Assia Wevill, unless otherwise stated in publisher's cloth, some wear, 8vo; and 2 others, including a 1971 edition of The New Waite's Compendium with 2 annotations by Hughes, and a 1966 edition of the I Ching inscribed "To Olwyn [Hughes] with love from Ted Xmas 1967" (12)

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  • Includes an autograph manuscript horoscope, headed "DJ. 20-7-1950. 11.50pm Exeter". Hughes "was a man who took astrology seriously. He believed in signs, auguries, meaningful coincidences... For Ted, astrology, like poetry, was a way of giving order to the chaos of life" (Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes, 2015, p.2, and 28). Musing on his own life and its meaning Hughes wrote to his brother Gerald in 1957 that "There is no explanation for it, although astrology, of course, explains all" (Letters, Faber, 2007, p.104).
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