Subtitled 'The Last Magician. Astrologer and Adept, this book is a wonderful biography of an important seventeeth-century Londoner, a public figure as an astrologer whose practice was the outer expression of a magical world-view, based on hermetic and neo-Platonic principles. This book takes the reader through both Lilly's life and his magical practices in a well-written and insightful narrative. The book also contains transcripts of his autobiography and of  material on the conflict between Lilly and the astrologer John Gadbury.

Oxford, UK: Mandrake, 2014. Paperback, 392 pages. New.  

William Lilly - Peter Stockinger & Sue Ward