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Past, Present, and to Come: or, Mother Shipton’s Yorkshire Prophecy. Privately preserv’d in the Noble Family of the P--s’s for a Long Course of Years, and lately discovered amongst other valuable Manuscripts. Now publish’d by J. Tyrrel, Gent. To which is prefixed, a Short Account of her Life, Character, and other Prophesies, with their Proper Explanations. London: Printed for F. Noble, 1740Description
First edition, , pp., with the final advert leaf, engraved frontispiece, lightly soiled, disbound.Footnote
“Mother Shipton was Ursula Southill (or Sowthiel, or Southiel), the incredibly ugly daughter of Agatha Southill, known locally herself as a powerful witch. She is supposed to have been born in a cave at Dropping Well, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in 1488, and because of her unfortunate appearance and reputed powers, was widely rumoured to be the child of Satan.
Sometime about 1512, she married a wealthy builder from York named Tobias Shipton. She soon attained considerable notoriety throughout England as “The Northern Prophetess,” and her prognostications received great public attention, were printed in pamphlets, and were widely distributed.”-James Randi, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, 1995.