A collection of manuscripts relating to astrology, assembled by Joseph Whitehead of Hollinwood, near Oldham. The collection consists of a transcript of a series of horoscopes made for the Sparrow family during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (English MS 120); a more general collection of horoscopes (English MS 121); and a transcript of the seventeenth-century work by Thomas Tryon entitled A Discourse of Dreams and Visions (English MS 122).
Whitehead Astrological Collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 133 Eng MSS 120-122
- Dates of Creation18th to 19th Centuries
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description3 subfonds
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Scope and Content
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is available for consultation by any accredited reader.
The 'Occult Collection' of Joseph Whitehead was donated by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands to the JRL, and came to the Library between 1903 and her death in 1908.
Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist, with reference to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on Thomas Tryon.
Other Finding Aids
Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MSS 120-122).
The manuscripts were formerly owned by Joseph Whitehead of Oldham. They were part of his large collection containing printed books and ephemera of occult interest. The collection was purchased from his executors by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in 1903.