PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: OR, ENQUIRIES Into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths.
PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: OR, ENQUIRIES Into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths.
PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: OR, ENQUIRIES Into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths.
PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: OR, ENQUIRIES Into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths.

PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: OR, ENQUIRIES Into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths.

(London: Printed by T.H. for Edward Dod, 1646).

FIRST EDITION OF A BOOK FAMOUS IN ITS TIME BY AN AUTHOR REVERED IN HIS TIME. 'Sir Thomas Browne who lived through most of the seventeenth century was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. His writings display a deep curiosity towards the natural world, influenced by the scientific revolution of Baconian enquiry and are permeated by references to Classical and Biblical sources as well as the idiosyncrasies of his own personality. Although often described as suffused with melancholia, Browne's writings are also characterized by wit and subtle humour, while his literary style is varied, according to genre, resulting in a rich, unique prose which ranges from rough notebook observations to polished Baroque eloquence.
Browne's first literary work was Religio Medici (The Religion of a Physician) which was circulated as a manuscript among his friends. It surprised him when an unauthorised edition appeared in 1642, since the work included several unorthodox religious speculations. An authorised text appeared in 1643, with some of the more controversial views removed. The expurgation did not end the controversy: in 1645, Alexander Ross attacked Religio Medici in his Medicus Medicatus (The Doctor, Doctored) and, in common with much Protestant literature, the book was placed upon the Papal Index Librorum Prohibitorum in the same year.
In 1646 Browne published his encyclopaedia, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or, Enquiries into Very many Received Tenents, and commonly Presumed Truths, the title of which refers to the prevalence of false beliefs and "vulgar errors". A skeptical work that debunks a number of legends circulating at the time in a methodical and witty manner, it displays the Baconian side of Browne—the side that was unafraid of what at the time was still called "the new learning". The book is significant in the history of science because it promoted an awareness of up-to-date scientific journalism.' Wiki. Item #30868

First Edition. Decorated with engraved head pieces and engraved seven line historiated initials to each book. Folio in fours, handsomely bound at a later date in polished calf over marbled paper covered boards, the spine with raised bands ruled in blind, red morocco lettering label gilt. [18], 386 pp. A handsome copy, the later binding in excellent condition, tight, strong and without wear, the text block clean, crisp and unpressed, title-page laid down, small loss of the original paper at the top of the leaf, bound without the license leaf.

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