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Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History.  In Ten Centuries.  Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life., BACON, FRANCIS.
1 BACON, FRANCIS. Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life.
Francis Bacon: Sylva Sylvarum, 7th Edition, London, 1658 1648 7th Edition Early leather, rebacked w/ raised bands Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm. London 
BACON, FRANCIS. Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life. Both Written by the Right Honourable Francis Lo. Verulam Viscount St. Alban. Published after the Authors Death, By William Ravvley Doctor in Divinity one of his Majesties Chaplains. Hereunto is now added and Alphabetical Table of the Principall thing contained in the ten Centuries. The Seventh Edition. London, Printed for William Lee, and are to be sold by Thomas Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and William Place at Grays-Inne Gate in Holburn, 1658. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm. $975.00

Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans (1561-1626) "British philosopher, statesman and early advocate of the scientific method. He was also an important essayist. Successively attorney-general, lord keeper and lord chancellor, he was forced to resign his offices in 1621 when found guilty of corruption. None of this interrupted his efforts to break the hold of Aristotelian logic and establish an inductive empiricism."--"Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans." World Encyclopedia. 2005. Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jan. 2015 . "Bacon's contribution to philosophy was his application of the inductive method of modern science. He urged full investigation in all cases, avoiding theories based on insufficient data.... Today his contributions are regarded with considerable respect."--"Bacon, Francis (English philosopher and statesman)." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jan. 2015 . "Two main strands can be distinguished in Bacon's impact on the Western philosophical tradition. First, his theory of scientific method in general, and induction in particular, was much commented on in subsequent epistemological debate. Second, and more important, Bacon's impact on Western philosophy is to be found in the ideological part of his philosophy--the active ethos with which he infused modern science."

"During his last years Bacon composed his utopia, the New Atlantis, and a natural historical work entitled Sylva sylvarum, meaning a collection of collections, a miscellany of subjects. It is a vast compilation of one thousand paragraphs consisting of extracts from many books and Bacon's own experiments and observations. The New Atlantis is a description of an island society and its scientific community: Salomon's House. In it Bacon developed ideas which he had outlined thirty years earlier in the early 1590s. The aim of the Salomon's House was nothing less than `the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible' (Works, 3.156).... The Sylva sylvarum and the New Atlantis were posthumously published in the same volume in 1626."--Markku Peltonen, `Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Alban (1561-1626)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/990, accessed 26 Jan 2015]

Examples of the 1000 experiments in Sylva Sylvarum: Of Separations of Bodies Liquid by weight; Of Magnitude, Exility, and Damps of Sounds; Of Infectious Diseases; Of Exercise of the Bodie, And the Benefits, or Evils thereof; Of Clarification of Liquours, and the Accelerating thereof; Of Accelerating or Hastening forward Germination; Of Making Herbs and Fruits Medicinable; Of the different Heats of Fire and Boyling Water; Of the Hiccouchs; Of the Insecta, or Creatures bred of Putrefaction; Of Sweat; Of some Prognosticks of Hard Winters; Of certain Medicines that condense and relieve the Spirits; of the Causes of Apetite in the Stomach; Of the Super-Reflexion of Eccho's; Of Maleficiating; etc.

Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing.

There is an engraved portrait of Bacon facing an engraved title depicting the "Mundus Intellectualis." The engraved title is dated 1651 with the imprint: London Printed for W.Lee and are to be sould at the Great Turks head next to the Mytre Tauerne in Fleetstreet. Engr. title signed: "Tho: Cecill Sculp:" Printed title printed within double rules. Woodcut initials and headpieces.

Collation: frontipiece leaf facing title, engraved title page, A4, (a)4, B-T6, V-Y4; A-B2, C-K4; A4, b-e4. Pagination: (1) printed title, (1) blank, (2) dedication to Prince Charles, (3) To the Reader, (7) Table of Experiments, (2) Books printed for William Lee, 1-218 text, (1) table of chief matters (index), (1) blank, (1) Receipt for the Gout, (1) blank; (1) title: Hist. Life & Death, (1) blank, (1) to the reader, (1) To the present Age, (3) preface, 1-64; (1) half-title New Atlantis, (1) blank, (1) To the Reader, (1) blank, 1-36 (p. 35 misnumbered 21). Second title page reads: History Natural and Experimental of Life and Death. or Of the Prolongation of Life. Written in Latine by the Right Honourable Francis Lord Verulam, Vis-Count Saint Alban. London, Printed for William Lee, and Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at their Shops. 1658. There is a divisional title for New Atlantis, without imprint. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), B328. ESTC Citation No. R27204.
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A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible.  Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm)., BIBLE.  LATIN.  1250, FRANCE.
2 BIBLE. LATIN. 1250, FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible. Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm).
Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript Bible, Paris France, mid 13th century 1250 Fine. Matted in double window and mylar wrap. Manuscript leaf 197 x 134mm Paris, France 
Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript Bible, Paris France, mid 13th century


BIBLE. LATIN. 1250, FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible. Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm). $325.00

There are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Book headings, chapter numbers, one versal initial in blue pen work with large dragon in red ink. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script with one large versal initial blue ink with lovely dragon in red. Chapter heading: Chronicles chapter I. Thirteenth century Bible leaves have become rare. Condition: Fine. Matted in double window and mylar wrap.
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A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible.  Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm)., BIBLE.  LATIN.  1250, FRANCE.
3 BIBLE. LATIN. 1250, FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible. Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm).
Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript Bible, Paris France, mid 13th century 1250 Matted in double window and mylar wrap. Manuscript leaf 197 x 134mm Paris, France 
Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript Bible, Paris France, mid 13th century


BIBLE. LATIN. 1250, FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible. Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin on the finest of vellum (197 x 134mm). $325.00

There are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Book headings, chapter numbers, one versal initial letter in red pen work with large dragons in blue ink. Verso: red & blue heading. Book headings: Leviticus chapter 9. Thirteenth century Bible leaves have become rare. Condition: Fine. Matted in double window and mylar wrap. (17887-lstbr/GMM 3071-6) 
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A leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours, France, unknown use, circa 1425-1450, on vellum, in Latin, 177 x 118mm., BOOK OF HOURS.  FRANCE.
4 BOOK OF HOURS. FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours, France, unknown use, circa 1425-1450, on vellum, in Latin, 177 x 118mm.
Medieval Manuscript Leaf, Book of Hours in Latin, circa 1425-1450, on Vellum 1425-1450 Mounted in a double-sided, conservation matte boa Manuscript leaf 177 x 118mm. France 
Medieval Manuscript Leaf, Book of Hours in Latin, circa 1425-1450, on Vellum


BOOK OF HOURS. FRANCE. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours, France, unknown use, circa 1425-1450, on vellum, in Latin, 177 x 118mm. $350.00

Seventeen lines ruled in black ink, in Gothic Script. Capitals in one and two lines with raised embossed gold filled in with blue or red with white tendrils. Mounted in a double-sided, conservation matte board, 11 x 14 inches.
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The Anatomy of Melancholy.  What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it.  In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections.  Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up., BURTON, ROBERT.
5 BURTON, ROBERT. The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it. In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up.
Robert Burton The Antaomy of Melancholy, 6th Edition, London, 1652 1652 6th Edition Bound in early leather boards, sometime rebacked  worn down round corners re-cornered round, covers a bit rough, later endpapers (late 19th cent?)--lacking front free endpaper, first 5 leaves with worn pages edges and small short tears in edges, ink spots on half-title and title leaves, light foxing--heavier near page edges, large damp stain in bottom outside corner throughout. Small folio, 19.6 x 28.7 x 5.7cm. London Two inscriptions on front flyleaf: "Francis Jenks
BURTON, ROBERT. The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it. In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up. By Democritus Junior. With a Satyrical Preface Conducing to the following Discourse. The Sixt. Edition, corrected and augmented by the Author. Omne tulit jzunctum. qui miscuit utile dulci. London Printed & are to be sold by Hen: Crips & Lodo: Lloyd at their Shop in Popes head alley, 1652. Small folio, 19.6 x 28.7 x 5.7cm. $1,250.00

Robert Burton (1577-1640). "Robert Burton went up to Oxford in 1593 and in 1599 was elected to a studentship at Christ Church where he lived for the rest of his life... his masterpiece was The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in quarto in 1621 and reprinted in folio in 1624, 1628, 1632, 1651, 1652, 1660 and 1676... the sixth [edition] was printed posthumously from a copy containing his last corrections.... Burton had read much, and all that he had read, or nearly all, was refined and incorporated in the Anatomy... The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour--and its pedantry--are there. It has something common with Brant's 'Ship of Fools (37), Erasmus's "Praise of Folly" (43), and More's Utopia (47), with Rabelais and Montaigne (95), and like all these it exercised a considerable influence on the thought of the time. Dr. Johnson deeply admired it, and Charles Lamb's often and strongly expressed devotion, served to rescue the Anatomy from a brief period of oblivion; its admirers will continue to read and re-read it."--John Carter & Percy H. Muir, eds.: Printing and the Mind of Man, #120, p.73.

Bound in early leather boards, sometime rebacked with portions of original spine strip laid over new leather, worn down round corners re-cornered round, covers a bit rough, later endpapers (late 19th cent?)--lacking front free endpaper, first 5 leaves with worn pages edges and small short tears in edges, ink spots on half-title and title leaves, light foxing--heavier near page edges, large damp stain in bottom outside corner throughout.

Engraved title page signed "C Le Blon fe." Woodcut initial letters & woodcut head & tailpieces. "The Argument of the Frontispiece" on the verso of the half-title faces the title, explaining the various scenes on the engraved title. Two inscriptions on front flyleaf: "Francis Jenks Bought in Newyork, May 1821" and "800/100 Morill[?] Wyman Cambridge 1842."

Collation: half-title leaf, engraved title leaf, 2-4, A-K4, A6, B-R4, S6, T-Z4, Aa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Eeee4, Ffff2, Gggg-Zzzz4, Aaaaa4. Pagination: (1) half title, (1) key to frontis., (1) engraved title, (1) blank, (1) dedication, (2) Democritus, (2) author's abstract, 1-78 Dem. to the Reader, (2) Lectori, (4) Synopsis, 1-97, 96-140, p. 141 not numbered, p. 142 misnumbered 128, 143 & 144 not numbered, then 141-454 [i.e., 218], (4) Synopsis, 216[i.e. 219]-402, (3) Analysis 3rd part, 406-574, then Dddd1-4 are numbered 575-578 by the leaf not the page with Dddd1-3 numbered on the recto and D4 numbered on the verso, the pagination begins again on Eeee1 recto with p. 579-723, (1) blank, (9) table, (1) blank. Page 112 misnumbered 122, 123 m/n 113, 189 m/n 190, 218 m/n 454, 219 m/n 216, 296 m/n 292, 311 not numbered, 336 not numbered, 434 not numbered, 659 m/n 651. Online ESTC Citation #R27822. Wing B6182.

Colophon on bottom of final leaf: Printed by R.W. for Henry Cripps of Oxford, and are to be sold by Andrew Crook in Pauls Church-yard, and by Henry Cripps and Lodowick Lloyd in Popes-head Ally. 1651.
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The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley.  Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies., COWLEY, ABRAHAM
6 COWLEY, ABRAHAM The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies.
The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley, Third Edition, London, 1672 1672 Third Edition Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. London 
COWLEY, ABRAHAM. The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies. The Third Edition. [small woodcut device] London, Printed by J.M. for Henry Herringgman, at the Sign of the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1672. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. $425.00

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), "one of the English metaphysical poets. He published his first volume of verse, Poetical Blossoms (1633), when he was 15. While a student at Cambridge, Cowley wrote three plays and began the scriptural epic Davideis (1656), in which he developed the use of the couplet as a vehicle for narrative verse. As a result of the Puritan uprising he left Cambridge and in 1656 went to France, where he served as secretary and royalist agent for Queen Henrietta Maria. Cowley's principal works include The Mistress (1647), a love cycle written in the manner of John Donne; Poems (1656), including the Pindaric odes and the elegies on Richard Crashaw and William Hervey; and Verses on Several Occasions (1663), including "To the Royal Society," an ode recalling his earlier prose tract Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy (1661)."--"Cowley, Abraham." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

"In 1647 he published The Mistress, a collection of poems, included with revisions in the Poems of 1656, which contained other poems as well, including his odes and the unfinished Davideis, a biblical epic. His odes made this form the vehicle for grandiose invention and influenced poetry for the next century. More verses appeared in 1663, and in 1668 his posthumous Works made additional poetry and his essays available... The lyrics of The Mistress were influenced by metaphysical and cavalier traditions. They lack the virtues of the poetry they imitate, however, and thus served Dr. Johnson well in the next century when he chose them to illustrate the shortcomings of the metaphysical school. Cowley's religious epic, however, is the work of a man of common sense and rationality."--"Abraham Cowley." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently rebacked with earlier title label, decorative stamp in blind in spine panels, raised bands, leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins.

Engraved portrait of Cowley at frontispiece--"W. Faithorne Sculp." A few woodcut initials. Large armorial engraved bookplate on front paste-down endpaper but print at bottom cut off. "Maria Louisa Whyte, Barrow Hill" written on front paste-down endpaper, and in a very large hand "Henry Hunloke." The Mistress, Pidarique Odes, and Davideis, a sacred poem each have separate dated title pages and pagination. Register is continuous.

Collation: frontispiece, title leaf, a-c4, B-Ccc4, Ddd2, A-S2, T2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (24) Life of Cowley, (3) Elegia Dedicatoria, (1) blank, (12) Author's Preface, 1-41 Miscellanies, (1) blank; (1) title--The Mistress, (1) blank, 3-80 (p. 45 misnumbered 41); (1) title--Pindarique Odes, (1) blank, (2) preface, 1-70 [i.e., 68] (pagination skips numbers 59-60); (1) title--Davideis, (1) blank, 3-154; 1-23 Davideidos, (1) blank; 1-148 Verses...several occasions. Wing C6651. Online ESTC Cit.# R2839.
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A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690., FOX, GEORGE
7 FOX, GEORGE A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690.
First Edition of Quaker, George Fox's Journal, London, 1694 1694 First Edition Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. London "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcot
FOX, GEORGE. A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690. [6 lines scripture quotes] London, Printed for Thomas Northcott, in George-Yard, in Lombard-Street. MDCXCIV. [1694]. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. $950.00

George Fox(1624-1691) founder of the Society of Friends. "Born in Leicestershire and apprenticed to a shoemaker, he apparently had no formal schooling. In 1643 he parted from family and friends and traveled in search of enlightenment. After long painful struggles he came in 1646 to rely on the `Inner Light of the Living Christ.' He forsook church attendance, dismissed contemporary religious controversies as trivial, and in 1647 began to preach that truth is to be found in God's voice speaking to the soul--hence, `Friends of Truth' later abbreviated to `Friends.' In 1649 he was jailed for interrupting a Nottingham church service with an impassioned appeal from the Scriptures to the Holy Spirit as the authority and guide. In 1650 at Derby he was imprisoned as a blasphemer, and there a judge nicknamed the `Quakers,' after Fox had exhorted the magistrates to 'tremble at the word of the Lord.' ...Fox spent six years in different prisons, sometimes under terrible conditions. He campaigned against the latter and against other social evils... His famous journal was published posthumously in 1694."--Douglas: The New Int'l Dict. of the Christian Church, pp.383-384. We offer the 1694 First Edition of his Journal, indispensable for the study of his life and the early days of the Quakers.

Provenance, the following two inscriptions written on leaf A1 and bottom of p.632. 3rd inscription on leaf A1 only. Leaf A1 of Penn's Preface has the following in old pen: "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcott & George Yard, Lombard Street, London the 9th of 3rd Month 169[5] 24,-6 SIH." "Samuel Pope his Book Bougt of Hannah Estes of Salem(?) the 7th of ye 1c 1727/8 Cost 14." "Descended Aln____ [missing words] [Po]pe y. 3 in a tight Line unto 1763."

This is the true First Edition with the original printing of pages 309 and 441 to which corrections were made and substituted in many copies. See Joseph Smith: A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends' Books, Vol. I, p.691.

Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. LACKING title but a facsimile sometime supplied on old paper, the next five leaves A-B2 & C1, have smaller outside margins--i.e. they are either from another copy or have had tattered edges trimmed off. They do have a similar water mark to the following pages. Leaf A1 encapsulated but lacking two large pieces including some text, the next 2 leaves lacking marginal pieces and repaired, top third of a4 torn away, Zzz4 lacking corner & some text, numerous other leaves with tears and repairs. LACKING last two leaves or 4 pages of index--index ends in the O's. The last 8 leaves are smaller--same size as the first six leaves.

Collation: title, A-M2, A2-4, a4, b2, B-Oo4, Pp2, Aaa-Eeee4, Ffff6, Aaaaa-Bbbbbb4, Cccccc-Ffffff2,--lacking gathering Gggggg1-2 at the end. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (48) Wm Penn's Preface, i-xviii Testimony of Margaret Fox & friends, 1-284pp, next 8 pages are numbered as leaves(i.e. number on recto only) leaves 281-284, then pages 285-287, 188-423 (page numbers 424-427 not used), 428-632pp, (4) place index, (6) names of friends(index), (4) subject matters & things (index)--but lacking 4 more pages of this index. Pp. 204-205 misnumbered 104-105; p.399 misnumbered 309. Online ESTC Citation No.R3344. Wing F1854.
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The Genuine Epistles of St. Ignatius, IGNATIUS, Saint, Bishop of Antioch.
8 IGNATIUS, Saint, Bishop of Antioch. The Genuine Epistles of St. Ignatius
1708 Book 10.3 x 16.6 x 2cm Edinburgh 
Wake's English Translation of The Genuine Epistles of St. Ignatius, Edinburgh, 1708


IGNATIUS, Saint, Bishop of Antioch. The Genuine Epistles of St. Ignatius, Translated into English By W. Wake D.D. Printed at Lond. in 1693. As Also, A Vindication of Them By Lewis Ellies Du Pin Dr. of the Sorbon, both put together, and Re-printed at Edinburgh in 1708. To which is Added, A Short Answer To Mr. William Jameson's Nazianzeni Querela, where he Impugns the Authority of the foresaid Epistles. By R. C.[Robert Calder] Edinburgh Printed Anno 1708. 10.3 x 16.6 x 2cm. $215.00

"The author of following Epistles lived in the age of the Apostles. He was the disciple and friend of the Apostle St. John, by whom he was instructed in the doctrines of the gospel. He was the companion and correspondent of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna; and became Bishop of the church at Antioch, about thirty-seven years after the ascension of the Lord. And finally, having labored in the ministry for the space of forty years, he suffered martyrdom at Rome, by order of the emperor Trajan, A.D. 116. These considerations confer eminent value and authority upon his Epistles--which, by comparison, will be seen also to harmonize with the spirit and doctrines of those written by the Apostles."--Introduction to The Epistles of St. Ignatius, Troy, NY, 1834.

The translator of The Genuine Epistles of St. Ignatius was William Wake (1657-1737) Archbishop of Canterbury. "Alongside his commitment to pastoral work, Wake hankered after a life of scholarly retreat. During a period of convalescence after illness he produced a translation of the Genuine Epistles of the Apostolic Fathers, which was published in 1693. Although reprinted twice, this was not a work of original scholarship but of popularization, making available to English readers texts which helped to demonstrate that the Church of England `in all respects comes the nearest up to the primitive pattern of any Christian Church at this Day in the World' (Genuine Epistles, vi)."--Stephen Taylor, `Wake, William (1657-1737)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/28409, accessed 19 May 2016].

The editor/compiler of the entire work, Robert Calder (1658-1723) "was a minister of much note in the Episcopal Church of Scotland."--Allibone's Dict. of Authors. Calder was a persistent foe of the Church of Scotland and fought with numerous anti-Presbyterian works and pamphlets in which he repeatedly expounded the superiority of the episcopalians' claims to scriptural and historical authority for their government and worship.

Written on the verso of the front flyleaf (original): "One of the late Dr. Balfeins[?] Books Purchased at the Sale." Name written on title that might be "Laurlhill ___?" Another word written at the top of the title.

Recently rebound in nice leather spine with orange-red morocco title label, yellow/mauve/greens/white marbled paper over boards, new endpapers, light foxing but a bit darker on original front flyleaf and title as well as the last leaf, dampstain top 2cm of title. Collation: a4, b2, *4, A-M4, A-F4, A-F4, G2. A mis-signed A2. Online ESTC Citation No. T55170.
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The Christian Philosopher: A Collection of the Best Discoveries in Nature, with Religious Improvements., MATHER, COTTON.
9 MATHER, COTTON. The Christian Philosopher: A Collection of the Best Discoveries in Nature, with Religious Improvements.
1721 First Edition Book Octavo, 13 x 21.2 x 3cm London 
First Edition of Cotton Mather's The Christian Philosopher, London, 1721


MATHER, COTTON. The Christian Philosopher: A Collection of the Best Discoveries in Nature, with Religious Improvements. By Cotton Mather D.D. And Fellow of the Royal Society. [printer's device] London; Printed for Eman. Matthews, at the Bible in Pater-Noster-Row. M.DCC.XXI. [1721] Octavo, 13 x 21.2 x 3cm. $3,200.00

Cotton Mather (1662/63-1727/28) Puritan clergyman, scholar and author, he was the eldest son of Increase Mather. "Cotton Mather was the most influential writer of his generation in America. He brought the puritan period of New England history to an end and started towards the evangelical pietism of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His vision of Christian religion flying to America inspired nineteenth-century writers on America's manifest destiny..." Re his work with natural science: "Many of Mather's letters to England were about the natural sciences. In 1712 he sent the first of several accounts of unusual natural phenomena to John Woodward, a prominent English geologist. He followed up with letters addressed to John Waller, secretary of the Royal Society, with the hope that they be published in the society's Philosophical Transactions. From 1712 to 1724 Mather sent a total of eighty-two such letters, known collectively as `Curiosa Americana'. Many were printed in the Transactions. Mather made no secret of his wish to be included among the circle that made up the Royal Society, and was elated when news came of his election to the fellowship in 1713. Thereafter with great pride he put FRS after his name. In 1714 he sent to London a large manuscript epitomizing the science of the day that was published in 1721 as The Christian Philosopher. The chapter on astronomy, according to a modern historian, is `The finest example of how Newtonian Science came to America and was disseminated' (Theodore Hornberger in Holmes, 1.137).--quotes from: Michael G. Hall, `Mather, Cotton (1663-1728)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2013 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/18321, accessed 18 May 2016].

Bound full calf Cambridge paneled style binding with darkened center panel, slight raised bands, rubbed & scuffed, leather splitting along front hinge but hinge still holding well, corners bumped and starting to wear through, surface worm track on rear cover, medium to heavy foxing with some lighter pages, scattered dampstains throughout, marginal only silverfish damage outside edge of pp 119-132.

Collation: A4, B-U8. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, [iii]-vi Dedication by Tho. Bradbury, (1) An Index (i.e., contents), (1) publisher's ad, 1-304pp. Holmes: Cotton Mather 52-A. Sabin #46253.

Provenance: written at head of title: Theophili Pickering Libr. Maii 15. 1724." Written on recto of front flyleaf: "Nehm. Porter's 1759" then in different ink: "Price 25.s, then below in different hand: "This Book I give to my Son Nehemiah Porter, 1811." This is possibly Nehemiah Porter (1720-1820) Congregational clergyman, graduated of Harvard 1745, minister in Ipswich & Ashfield, Mass. and in between these Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, had a son Nehemiah born 1754 who likely was alive in 1811. Bookseller's tag on lower inside corner of rear paste-down endpaper: "This Book was Supplied by H. Seward, Bookseller Utica, New York, U.S.A., World Wide Out-of-Print Bookhunters Submit Your Wants! Printed in England."
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A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge.  As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism.  Appendix to the said Antidote.  Enthusiasmus Triumphatus.  Letters to Des-Cartes, &c.  Immortality of the Soul.  Conjectura Cabbalistica., MORE, HENRY.
10 MORE, HENRY. A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge. As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism. Appendix to the said Antidote. Enthusiasmus Triumphatus. Letters to Des-Cartes, &c. Immortality of the Soul. Conjectura Cabbalistica.
Cambridge Platonist Henry More: A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings, London, 1662 1662 The second Edition more correct and much enlarged. Bound in contemporary calf boards in Cambridge st worn through at other corner, original leather checked and rubbed, 1 start, new free endpapers, damp stain in gutter and top margins of some pages, light foxing, title lightly soiled, internal tear to C2 repaired, a couple of pages with old ink annotations in margin. Folio, 20.3 x 30 x 5cm. London 
MORE, HENRY. A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge. As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism. Appendix to the said Antidote. Enthusiasmus Triumphatus. Letters to Des-Cartes, &c. Immortality of the Soul. Conjectura Cabbalistica. [The words "Antidote ... Cabbalistica.' are gathered by a left brace on the title page.] The second Edition more correct and much enlarged. [8 lines: two quotes in Greek from Aristotles Ethics] London, Printed by James Flesher, for William Morden, Book-seller in Cambridge, MDCLXII. [1662]. Folio, 20.3 x 30 x 5cm. $1,350.00

Henry More, (1614-1687) "English philosopher, one of the foremost representatives of the school of Cambridge Platonists. His writings emphasized the mystical and theosophic phases of that philosophy, and as he grew older mysticism dominated his writings. Newton studied under him, and his concept of space and time as "the sense organs of God" greatly influenced Newton's theory of absolute space and time."--"More, Henry." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 . "In his day More came to be regarded as one of England's leading contemporary philosophers. One of the first proponents of Cartesianism, he attacked Thomas Hobbes and Baruch Spinoza and was an enthusiast for the new science of Galileo and the Royal Society. His own philosophy owes much to Plato and Plotinus and is largely dedicated to the defense of religious belief against the twin forces of skepticism and atheism."--Hutton, Sarah: "More, Henry (1614-1687)." Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 . "In theology More was a moderate latitudinarian, known for piety and an almost saintly nature. He wrote extensively against sectarians and enthusiasts, for their uncharitable doctrinal wrangling and their depreciation of reason in religion, and against the Roman Catholic Church, on the usual contemporary grounds. He concerned himself particularly with the interpretation of prophetic and apocalyptic Scriptures... A factor in More's return to philosophy was his discovery, sometime before 1647, of Descartes, whose writings seemed to show how to combine a scientific interest in nature with a primary concern for vindicating the reality of God and immortal human souls.... he conceived his main philosophical mission to be the refutation of mechanistic materialism. Appropriately, More's first major work was An Antidote Against Atheisme (1652), one of the most prominent early responses to Thomas Hobbes. More's opposition to mechanism eventually led him to a repudiation (in large part) of Descartes... The Immortality of the Soul is actually an elaborate treatise on the nature, kinds, and habits of spirits-by far More's most systematic work-in which many doctrines of Descartes and others are criticized. It defies summary."--"More, Henry." Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

We are pleased to offer this collection of Henry More's Philosophical Writings.

Title page is printed in red and black. There are a few woodcut initial letters. There are about a dozen simple line figures printed in the text. Each item has a separate dated title page. There is an index for the entire work at the end.

Bound in contemporary calf boards in Cambridge style in blind, recently rebacked with raised bands and without title label, 3 of 4 corners recornered, worn through at other corner, original leather checked and rubbed, 1 start, new free endpapers, damp stain in gutter and top margins of some pages, light foxing, title lightly soiled, internal tear to C2 repaired, a couple of pages with old ink annotations in margin.

Collation: a6, b-c4, A-Xxx6. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, iii-xxvii Preface, (1) blank; (1) title--Antidote, (1) blank, (4) dedication, 1-142; (1) title--Appendix to, (1) blank, 145-190, (11) Contents of Antidote, (1) blank; (1) title--Enthusiasmus, (1) blank, 1-48, (3) Contents-Enthusiasm, (1) blank; (1) title--Des Cartes, (1) blank, 55-133, (1) blank; title--Immortality, (1) blank, (3) dedication, (1) blank, 1-234, (11) contents, (1) blank; (1) title--Cabbalistica, (1) blank, (4) dedication, 1-39, (1) blank, (1) title--Defence Cabbala, (1) blank, 43-184, (9) contents--Cabbala; (9) Index to entire volume in small print. Wing M2646. Online ESTC Cit.# R188746.
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