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    [Featured Lot] Glanvill, Joseph. Plus Ultra: Or, The Progress and Advancement Of Knowledge Since the Days of Aristotle. In an Account of some of the most Remarkable Late Improvements Of Practical, Useful Learning: To Encourage Philosophical Endeavours... London: for James Collins, 1668. 8vo. [Lacks imprimatur leaf] ¹2, A-L8,M5 [Lacks ad leaf.] [34],149,[5]pp. Modern paneled calf, spine gilt, bookplate of Univ. of Keele, presented by C. W. Turner, sig. of Henry Richardson on t.p., some minor stains, some repaired (some holes left unrepaired) marginal wormtracks, A6 repaired margin. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $800

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    Glanvill (1636-1680)  "His style is often admirable, not infrequently recalling that of Sir Thomas Browne. His intellect was versatile, active, and sympathetic, but he is rather rhetorical than logical. In his dislike to the scholastic philosophy he followed Bacon and the founders of the Royal Society. Though he was in this direction a thorough-going skeptic, he was opposed to the materialism of Hobbes...."

    Glanvill defended the reserches of the Royal Society in a long adress to the Society and he was admitted as a member and earned a reputation as a "potentially valuable apologist."  "When Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society failed to silence the critics, Oldenburg encouraged Glanvill to write a supplementary defense, which appeared in 1668 under the title Plus Ultra. Its main theme is that the experimental philosophy, and the Royal Society in particular, have accomplished more to advance useful knowledge in a few years. 'than all the Philosophers of the National way since Aristotle opened his Shop in Greece."

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    October, 2014
    23rd Thursday
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