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    "In The Matter of Witches and Apparitions"

    Joseph Glanvill. Essays On Several Important Subjects In Philosophy And Religion. London: J.D[arby]., 1676. First edition. Quarto. A2, B-2T4. (6), 66, (2), 56, (2), 43, (2), 28, (2), 61, (2), 58, (4) pages. Contemporary calf, panel designs, chipped and bumped, hinges splitting, worn. Light dampstains throughout, outer margins. F2 small hole no loss, Y4 small hole, little loss. Ink stains to: F2, G2-G3, K2, X3-X4 and Y4. Front board loose, still internally very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Contains seven essays: 1. Against Confidence in Philosophy, And Matters of Speculation. 2. Of Scepticism and Certainty. 3. Modern Improvements of Useful Knowledge. 4. The Usefulness of Real Philosophy to Religion. 5. The Agreement of Reason and Religion. 6. Against Modern Sadducism In The Matter of Witches and Apparitions. 7. Anti-fanatical Religion and Free Philosophy. In a Continuation of the New Atlantis.

    "The third of Glanvill's essays reviews some of Robert Boyle's works and praises Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood, and the sixth recapitulates the arguments in favor of the existence of witches that Glanvill had set forth in his Philosophical endeavour towards the defence of the being of witches (1666). Glanvill attempted to establish a scientific and philosophical basis for a belief in the supernatural, and is generally considered to be the founder of psychical research" - Norman: 908.

    Wing G809, .ESTC r22979. NLM/Krivatsy 4748, Norman 908. Not in Coumont.

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