Thomas Browne, 1605-1682. "Physician and writer. Graduate of Oxford, he traveled widely before settling in Norwich in 1637. In 1642 he published Religio Medici--a highly original attempt to work out a religious outlook in an increasingly scientific age. In his Pseudodoxia Epidemica he tried to separate scientific truth from the myths which had accumulated over the centuries."--C. Peter Williams in J.D. Douglas: The New Intl. Dict. of the Christian Church (c1974) p. 159. ".a decade of reading, observation, and experiment bore fruit in Pseudodoxia epidemica, or, Enquiries into very many received tenents and commonly presumed truths (1646; revised and enlarged, 1650, 1658, 1672; reprinted, 1658, 1669, and in Works, 1685-6). It is addressed not to `the people (whom Bookes doe not redresse .) but unto the knowing and leading part of Learning', among whom, Religio medici havingmade himfamous for piety and wit, Pseudodoxia now earned his reputation as scholar and naturalist. In this, his most substantial work, almost an encyclopaedia of seventeenth-century misconceptions and new knowledge, Browne took up numerous false beliefs particularized in the Apology of George Hakewill; and, with a larger number of his own findings (some already mentioned in Religio medici), he put them in the framework suggested by Francis Bacon in his Advancement of Learning (as translated by Gilbert Watts, 1640) of `a calendar of falsehoods and of popular errors now passing unargued in natural history and in opinions, that sciences be no longer distempered and embased by them'. Browne still had religious motives: to `repaire our primarie ruins' (I.5), the loss of Adam's universal knowledge of the natural world by the fall, and `to enforce the wonder of its Maker' (II.3), and theology as well as philosophy figure in the first book's systematic survey of the causes of error, fromthe fall of man, through logical and verbalmisunderstanding, laziness, deference to antiquity and authority, to the wiles of the Devil. The first printed response was again from Alexander Ross, who in Arcana microcosmi (1651), after a confident account `of one that lived some years without a Brain', challenged the enterprises of Bacon, Harvey, and Browne as `new conceits and whimzies.like the apples of Sodom', for which `they reject Aristotles pure Fountains' and `go a whoring (as the Scripture speaketh) after their own inventions'. Approval of Pseudodoxia in its century came mostly frommedicalmen."- -R. H. Robbins, `Browne, Sir Thomas (1605-1682)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2 0 0 4 ; o n l i n e e d n , M a y 2 0 0 8, accessed 25 Feb 2015] Recently rebound in full calf in blind Cambridge style and with raised bands, original morocco title label, new endpapers, small monogram binder's stamp on rear endpaper of "JR" or "RJ," engraved bookplate of Leicester Philip Sidney saved from old endpapers and loose with book, marbled page edges, several marginal paper repairs repaired, small(3mm) hole in Cc2, small(1.3cm) tea or coffee stain on pp37-40, larger stain (5.5 x 3.2cm) in bottom margin of p213, very light and thin(7mm) damp stain around edges of last two-thirds pages, light foxing especially near page edges, otherwise clean. Woodcut initials, woodcut head& tail pieces, diagram printed in text p.205. Title printed within double ruled border, text printed throughout within single ruled borders with headlines & marginal notes ruled off fromtext. Collation:A-Z4, Aa-Xx4, Yy2; Bb1 misbound between Bb3 and Bb4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (7) To the Reader, (1) Advt. re Marginall Annotations, (5) Contents, 1-329, (9) table, (1) blank. Page 266 misnumbered 271, p271 misnumbered 266. Wing B5160. Online ESTC Citation #R2160. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Pseudodoxia Epidemica: or, Enquiries into ...
Publisher: London, Printed by A. Miller, for Edw. Dod and Nath. Ekins, at the Gunne in Ivie Lane. 1650.
Publication Date: 1650
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 2nd Edition
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