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    Gideon Harvey. Archelogia Philosophica Nova, Or New Principles Of Philosophy. Containing Philosophy in general. Metaphysics, or Ontology. Dynamilogy, or a Discourse of Power. Religio Philosophi, or Natural Theology. Physicks, or Natural Philosophy. London: J. H[ayes] for Samuel Thomson, 1663. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. First Edition. 4to. [-A1 half-title] A2-4, a-e4, f2, B-5I4,5K2. [48], 103, [5], [2], 441, [1]p. Modern calf-backed marbled boards; early 18th century reader [dated 1708] has signed foot of t.p. and added notes to verso of second t.p. and blank leaf at end and occ. marginalia ; minor outer margin pin worm holes. Lacks portrait frontispiece, 5 full-page cuts of Creation by A Herochs and other text cuts. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Harvey, Gideon (1636/7-1702), physician and author. "It was as a medical author and controversialist that Harvey was most prominent over the next three decades. He was a prolific writer with a lively and witty style. His earliest published work, Archelogia philosophica nova, appeared in 1663, and he followed it with a series of books on a variety of diseases, including plague, scurvy, venereal disease, and fevers. Although he recommended many chemical medicines and questioned the validity of humoural medicine, the core of Harvey's physic appears to have remained largely traditional and rationalist. His main emphasis throughout these works was on the (slightly self-serving) importance of experience and expertise, and the dangers of credulity and conformity to unsubstantiated traditions." [ODNB]

    "The apparent incongruity of Harvey's title -- 'New Principles of Philosophy' -- is indicative of the residual ambivalence of seventeenth-century thinkers to anything new. While proponents of the new natural philosophy made a point of distancing themselves from the putatively unproductive and moribund sciences of the Middle Ages, it was also important for them to show that doing natural philosophy the 'rightway' was not entirely without historical precedent. " Peter Harrison The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science        Wing H1053. ESTC r17466. Wheeler Gift 153.

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