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    [Featured Lot]. Henry & Kenelm Digby More. [Sammelband] More: Tetractus Anti-Astrologica, or, The Four Chapters in the Explanation of the Grand Mystery Of Godliness, Which Contain a Brief but Solid Confutation Of Judiciary Astrology, With Annotations Upon Each Chapter: Wherein the Wonderous Weakness of John Butler, B.D. his Answer Called A Vindication of Astrology, &c. are Laid Open to the View of Every Intelligent Reader. London: J[ohn] M[acock] for Walter Kettilby, [1681]. [2],viii,171,[1]pp. [bound after] Digby: Two Treatises: In the one of which, The Nature of Bodies, In the other, The Nature of Mans Soule, Is Looked Into: In Way Of Discovery Of The Immortality of Reasonable Soules. London: John Williams, 1665. [48], 312, 301-429, [1], [8], 136, 139-143, [1], 144, [3 blank]pp. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Edition of the More.
    Quarto. 2 works in 1 vol. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked with most of old spine laid-down, title in gilt, bookstamps of English library on Digby, Digby t.p. reinforced, some minor stains, occasional browning, More cut into lower margin with some losses of text & catch- and collation marks. More t.p. in red and black. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    "More belonged to that little band of Christian Platonists which was formed at Cambridge in the middle of the seventeenth century, and the distinctive traits of their school of thought are perhaps best brought out in his writings. The 'occult science,' of which such men as Van Helmont and Greatrakes were in More's time the apostles, had a singular fascination for him; but he was saved from its extravagances by the firmly implanted conviction which tinges all his life and all his writings that holiness was the way to knowledge, 'being well advised,' he says, 'both by the dictates of my own conscience and the clear information of those holy oracles which we all deservedly reverence, that God reserves his choicest secrets for the purest minds.'". DNB. "This work caused John Butler to publish his book Agiastrologia which is written in favour of the Art, and More replied to it..." Gardner. "In his philosophical writings, More's energies were largely devoted to demonstrating the existence and providential nature of God, by proving the existence of incorporeal substance, that is spirit." Dict. of 17th c. British Philosophers. "Digby's Two Treatises is a landmark work in several fields of early science. It is the first fully developed expression of atomism or corpuscular theory; the first important defense of Harvey on the circulation in English; a modern presentation of the nervous system predating Descartes; and a ground-breaking work in embryology. It also contains the first recorded patch-test for allergy; the fullest early account in English of teaching lip-reading; and material on conditioning, anticipating Pavlov. The Two Treatises was initially published at Paris, while Digby and his family were in exile." [Rubin]. More: Wing M2679. ESTC r32960. Gardner, Astrologica, 819. Digby: Wing D1451. ESTC r10596. Rubin 26 [Our copy does not have the poem by John Sergeant described in Rubin as (*) 4.]

     



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