Lot 6: 1650 "Vulgar Truths".

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

October 21, 2017
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very many Received Tenents, And commonly presumed Truths., By Thomas Brown Dr of Physick. The Second Edition, Corrected and Enlarged by the Author. Together With some Marginall Observations, and a Table Alphabeticall at the end. By Thomas Browne. London: Edw. Dod and Nath. Ekins, 1650. Second edition, folio, contemporary calf boards, rebacked, pp. [xvi], 329, [9], title page reinforced at right margin, worming, good copy. A hugely influential book and one of the outstanding examples of 17th century empiricism; an inquiry into errors that had become part of the popular knowledge of the study of history, theology, mechanical arts, and medicine. It is the first work to use the term 'electricity'.
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