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    First Edition of Henry More's Manual of Metaphysics

    Henry More. Enchiridion metaphysicum, sive, De rebus incorporeis succincta & luculenta dissertatio: de existentia & natura rerum incorporearum in genere: in qua quamplurima mundi phaenomena ad leges Cartesii mechanicas obiter expenduntur illusque philosophiae & ailiorum omnio omnium qui mundana phaenomena in causas pure mechanicas solvi posse supponunt vanitas falsitasque detegitur. London: Typis E. Flesher. Prostat apud Guilielmum Mordem, 1671. First edition. Quarto. 4, A-Iii4, Kkk2. (20), 403 pages, (28). Title page in black and red, profusely illustrated with diagrams and pictorial engravings. Contemporary vellum, lightly warped and soiled with manuscript ink title on spine. Some dampstains, foxing and light browning, small pen annotation on lower right corner of title page, else in very good condition. OCLC:13542901. Wing M2654. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Henry More. Enchiridion metaphysicum, sive, De rebus incorporeis succincta & luculenta dissertatio: de existentia & natura rerum incorporearum in genere: in qua quamplurima mundi phaenomena ad leges Cartesii mechanicas obiter expenduntur illusque philosophiae & ailiorum omnio omnium qui mundana phaenomena in causas pure mechanicas solvi posse supponunt vanitas falsitasque detegitur. London: Typis E. Flesher. Prostat apud Guilielmum Mordem, 1671.

    First edition. Quarto. 4, A-Iii4, Kkk2. (20), 403 pages, (28). Title page in black and red, profusely illustrated with diagrams and pictorial engravings. Contemporary vellum, lightly warped and soiled with manuscript ink title on spine. Some dampstains, foxing and light browning, small pen annotation on lower right corner of title page, else in very good condition.                                

    Important writings by the Neoplatonist theologian, and philosopher. More is notable as a rationalist theologian who tried to use the details of the mechanical philosophy, as developed by René Descartes, Robert Boyle and others, to establish the existence of immaterial substance, or spirit and, therefore, God.....

    In the Enchiridion Metaphysicum "many of the world's phenomena are considered along the way, employing the Cartesian mechanics. These phenomena, unfettered, expose pure Mechanism as vanity and falsehood." The Enchiridion Metaphysicum is the kind of learned attack on Descartes that only a once-admirer could have composed. Indeed, the debate about mechanism was one of the hot topics of early modern science. The Enchiridon brings together the best of this period's coexistent empirical and theoretical approaches; More was at once a true scientist and, simultaneously, "thoroughly sympathized with Glanvill in his intense belief in witchcraft and apparitions." These paradoxes make him one of the more intriguing figures of the English Scientific Revolution.

    "The mere fact of the continued reproduction, in whole or part, of More's works is a proof that they were not neglected; and, considering how utterly the refined, dreamy, and poetical spirit of More was out of sympathy with the practical and prosaic mind of the eighteenth century, it is wonderful that his fame should have been so great as it was during that period." -DNB.

    OCLC:13542901. Wing M2654.



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