Paul Brewster • Link
It's truly amazing the kinds of folks that SP meets during his life and my goodness what a wealth of sites concerning this 17th century astrologer:
Here's the biographical sketch:
Other sites (only the first page of a Google):
Paul Brewster • Link
Just noticed a clever subtle dig from the Enc Brit:
"He received a tolerably good classical education at the school of Ashby-dela-Zouche, but he na
Cumgranissalis • Link
here you doth read by his own hand
inside story from William Lilly
Kevin Donovan • Link
William Lilly the astrologer is a fascinating character. However, he is not the William Lily/Lyly/Lilly who compiled the standard published English grammar during the Tudor and Stuart periods. (That he is not the same person is evident from Pepys's reference to a Catholic edition, presumably from the reign of Queen Mary, or perhaps earlier, though no editions of the grammar before 1540 have survived.) The _Oxford DNB_ gives "1468?-1522/3" as the dates for Lily the grammarian and schoolmaster. He was the grandfather of the Elizabethan dramatist John Lyly. There is a very useful note on the various editions of "Lily's Grammar . . . the authorized school text from 1540 on," in the revised 2nd ed. of the _Short-Title Catalogue_ (1976).
The Pepysian Library contains:
Lilly, William, 1602-1681.
Monarchy or no monarchy in England. Grebner his prophecy concerning Charles son of Charles, his greatnesse, victories, conquests. The northern lyon, or lyon of the north, and chicken of the eagle discovered who they are, of what nation. English, Latin, Saxon, Scotish and Welch prophecies concerning England in particular, and all Europe in generall. Passages upon the life and death of the late King Charles. Ænigmaticall types of the future state and condition of England for many years to come. By William Lilly, student in astrology.
London : printed for Humfrey Blunden, dwelling at the sign of the Castle in Corn-hill, 1651.
4to., , 119, , 20 p. : ill. (woodcuts). Annotation on Thomason copy: "Aug: 6th".
Wing (2nd ed.), L2228; Thomason, E.638
PL 1112 (2)
Bound in 'Penny Merriments I' - PL 362
A groatsworth of wit for a penny, or, The interpretation of dreams. By Mr. Lilly 1. How a man or a maid by their dreams may k[n]ow whether they shall have them they love or no. 2. How a man may obtain the love of his mistriss. 3. How a man may get money in hard times. 4. How a man may make choice of a loving wife. 5 How they shall continue in amity and ne’r be poor. 6. How to know an honest woman from a whore. 7. How young-men and maids may discover the realty of their lovers. 8. How they may know what planets they are born under, what their fortune will be, and which shall die first either man or wife. 9. How a man may know for each day in any month of the year, whether himself, wife, child, or friend, that waxeth sick shall live or die. 10. What the appearing of a comet or blazing-star signifies: and how you shall continue a night-spell to catch thieves
[London] : Printed for W[illiam]. T[hackeray]. and sold by Ionah Deacon at the fign [sic] the Angel in Guilt-spur-street without Newgate, [1671?]
8vo., 16 p. : ill. ; Place and date of publication, and publisher’s name from Wing. In line 10 of title, word "may" printed with ’m’ upside down.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), L2224
PL 362 (49)
Bound in 'Penny Merriments II' - PL 363
Mirror of natural astrology: or, A new book of fortune· Shewing, the nature of planets, how any one may know what their fortune is, born under such a planet. Written by Mr. Lilly.
[London] : Printed for W[illiam]. T[hackeray]. and sold by J[onah]. Deacon, at the Angel in Guilt spur-Street, [1675?]
8vo., , 14 p. ; Sig.: A⁸.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), L2226A
PL 363 (10) -- only cited extant copy in ESTC.
Lilly’s new Erra Pater. Or, A prognostication for ever. Whereby any man may learn to give a true and certain judgment of the weather throughout the whole year; so as to foretel whether rain, snow, hail, vvind, or thunder, shall happen in any moneth of the year, or day for ever, with aboundance of ease, delight, and satisfaction. Whereby also any may fore-know or prophesie of peace, or vvar, health or sickness, want or plenty, or death of corn or cattel, that may befal in any year, according to Haly, Guidobonatur, Ptolomy, and Lilly. With most excellent and approved rules for preserving the body in health. To which are added sundry very useful and profitable observations in husbandry, according to the twelve moneths of the year. VVith allowance.
[London] : Printed for J[oshua]. Conyers at the Black Raven in Fetter-lane, [1695?]
12mo.,  p. ;
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), L2228B
PL 363 (19) -- only cited extant copy in ESTC.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.