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    Joseph Glanville, Henry More & Henry Rust. Two Choice and Useful Treatises: The One Lux Orientalis; Or An Enquiry into the Opinion of the Eastern Sages Concerning the Praeexistence of Souls. Being a Key to unlock the Grand Mysteries of Providence. In Relation to Mans Sin and Misery. The Other, A Discourse of Truth, by the late Reverend Dr. Rust Lord Bishop of Dromore in Ireland. With Annotations on them both [by Henry More]. London: For James Collins and Samuel Lowndes, 1682-1683. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Collected Edition. 8vo. 2 vols in 1. Engraved frontis. + ¹3+[A]4,B-P8,Q4; A-S8 [46],151, [13], 165-195, [7], 171, [7], 173-276, [4]p. Modern 1/2 calf over boards, title gilt, speckled edges; piece torn from inner margin of frontispiece not affecting image, hole in [A]5 (no text loss]. minor foxing. Engraved frontis. by William Faithorne, t.p. in red and black. "Glanvill's Lux Orientalis is a defense of More's doctrine of Pre-existence of Souls; it was reprinted in 1682 with George Rust's 'Discourse of Truth,' in 'two short and useful treatises,' with annotations by Henry More. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Though he was in this direction a thorough-going skeptic, he was opposed to the materialism of Hobbes. His defense of witchcraft was the natural result of an attempt to find an empirical ground for a belief in the supernatural, and he formed with Henry More a virtual association for 'psychical research.'...

    Joseph Glanvill says Rust (d. 1670) gave a new turn to Cambridge studies: 'he had too great a soul for trifles of that age, and saw clearly the nakedness of phrases and fancies; he outgrew the pretended orthodoxy of those days, and addicted himself to the primitive learning and theology in which he even then became a great master...'

    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] Wing G833 & M2638.ESTC r12277.      

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