The philosophical Quixote; or, memoirs of Mr. David Wilkins. In a series of letters.

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Two volumes in one. 12mo. vi, 174; ii, 164 pp. With 2 title pages. Contemporary diced russia, spine gilt, covers with gilt borders; some spotting and light soiling, otherwise a wonderful copy of a rare book. First edition. An epistolary novel, described by the Critical Review as "a very laughable attack on some of the late philosophical discoveries, and on the attempts which have been made to apply them to the purposes of medicine." Like several other novels of British Quixotes, The philosophical Quixote is chiefly a novel of satire. During the time of the Enlightenment, philosophy and science had become among the greatest goals of mankind. Figures like Voltaire, Diderot, and Benjamin Franklin appeared to be demagogues, replacing the old, established heroes and religions. This new way of thinking, this dedication to science, is the object of this novelís satire.The quixotic hero, Mr. David Wilkins, is a middle-aged apothecary, who is subject to a passion for all things scientific. He performs experiments and brews concoctions in the name of philosophy with as much avidity as Don Quixote conquers his enemies in the name of chivalry, all of course to the neglect of his patients. The anonymous author makes it clear that the innovative and original, but usually unsuccessful, apothecary-Quixote is merely a fool largely with wasted efforts.The narrator is Wilkinsí assistant Harcourt, newly arrived, who in a series of letters regales his friend with anecdotes of his mentor. Electricity, galvanism, phlogiston, and agricultural chemistry are all the subject of ridicule. Wilkinsís extensive laboratory is described at some length. The satire in this novel is aimed at philosophers and scientists of its own date, that is, contemporaries of Benjamin Franklin, one of the most fervid of whom is Wilkins. Indeed, Wilkins totally ignores the past. He scoffs at Newton and others he considers equally outdated. "The antients (sic) are held by him in the utmost contempt" (p. 15). The apothecary believes "that the sole end of philosophical enquiries ought to be the good of mankind." Just as Don Quixote sees an infinite number of evils to be fought, Wilkins "was convinced there were an infinite number of secrets yet remaining in the womb of nature which, when discovered, would be found in the highest degree beneficial to the world."A great example of Wilkinsí experiments is related to the activities of his contemporary, Benjamin Franklin. The philosophical Quixote has invented electrical shoes, which he hopes will deter rain. He meets with complete failure. A fine read. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The philosophical Quixote; or, memoirs of Mr...
Publisher: J. Johnson
Publication Date: 1782
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