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    Henry Moore's Philosophical
    and Theological Poetry

    Henry More. Philosophicall Poems. Cambridge: Roger Daniel, 1647. First Edition. Octavo. a4,B-Hh8. [28], 37, 36-71, [7], 73-218, [8], 219-253, [5], pages 225, 256-298, [2], 299-436, [2] pages. Cambridge device on title page head-pieces, decorative angel devices on half-titles, decorated initials; scientific woodcuts to 'Notes upon Psychothanasia.' Contemporary calf, rebacked, title on label, front hinge cracked, rubbed; pages cockled, pen diagram and equations on front free endpaper, armorial bookplate of Philip Earl Stanhope, booklabel of John Sparrow, corner off R5 (no loss of text). Otherwise in very good condition. 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.' He was a voluminous writer. Like many others he began as a poet and ended as a prose writer. His first work, published in 1642, but written two years earlier, was entitled Psychozoia Platonica: or, a Platonicall Song of the Soul, consisting of foure severall Poems. This was followed in 1647 by his full collection of Philosophicall Poems, which includes 'The Song of the Soul,' much enlarged, and is dedicated 'to his dear father'... Coleridge, as might be expected, had a high opinion of More's theological writings, declaring that they 'contained more original, enlarged, and elevating views of the Christian dispensation than he had met with in any other single volume' (Lit. Rem.). Principal Tulloch, in his valuable sketch of the Cambridge Platonists, treats More as at once the most interesting and the most unreadable of the whole band." -DNB

    The 'Psychozoia' was revised, enlarged, and annotated when it was reprinted in this volume.   

    Wing M2670. Hayward 94. ESTC r14921.

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