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BROWNE, Sir Thomas (1605--1682)
Pseudodoxia epidemica: or, enquiries into very many received tenents, and commonly presumed truths. Whereunto is added Religio medici: and A discourse of the sepulchral-urnes lately found in Norfolk. Together with The garden of Cyrus. Or the quincuncial lozenge, or net-work plantations of the ancients, artificially, naturally, mystically considered. With sundry observations. By Thomas Brown doctour of physick. The last edition, corrected and much enlarged by the author. Together vvith some marginall observations, and a table alphabetical at the end.
London: printed for Nath. Ekins, 1659.
[12], 326, [10]; [4], 64 p., [1] pl. [= 2 impressions] : illus. ; 28.4 cm. (2º)

Pseudodoxia was first published in 1646, the Religio medici was first published in 1642, Hydriotaphia, ... a discourse of the sepulchrall urnes ... Together with The garden of Cyrus was first published in 1658. As the running title 'Enquiries into Vulgar and Common Errors' suggests, Browne, a physician and antiquary, surveys the causes of erroneous beliefs and seeks to debunk an encyclopaedic host of misbeliefs concerning the natural world, human physiology, common pictorial representations, superstitious practices, geography, history, religion and mythology by applying the Baconian "new learning". This edition is another issue of the published third edition of Pseudodoxia, issued 1658, in which the publisher added reprints of the two shorter works with separate title-page (with undated imprint reading 'Printed for the Good of the commonwealth'), pagination and register; the text is in two columns. Pages 5--6, 59, and 63 of the 'Religio Medici' are misnumbered 1--2, 55 and 65 respectively. The plate bears two impressions relating to the 'Hydrotaphia' and 'Garden of Cyrus'; in some copies these are printed on two leaves. ESTC r39941; Wing, B5163.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pp. 13--14 and 17--18 (sig. B3 and C1) of the 'Religio Medici'. The plate is misbound to face p. 1 of 'Pseudodoxia'. The name Jeremiah Broughton is inscribed in ink on the first pastedown, the title-page, and on page 47 at the end of 'Hydriotaphia'. The author's name Thomas Browne is supplied in ink on the title-page, in Broughton's hand. Another inscription inside the upper cover is obscured by the Soane spade-shielf bookplate but is dated in a later hand ... His Book July 24th 1751. The name Joseph Jew is inscribed on the title-page verso; John Davison His Book / May: 19th: 1747 is inscribed in ink on the last page of text, as also Ralph Squires. On the rear pastedown a library shelfmark(?) in ink in the form S [over] 3, and six lines of inscriptions inked out, apparently including names Willm [?] and Josephus Jee. Purchased at the Attingham Hall sale, 7 August 1827 (q.v.), lot 143, for 14s. (See handwritten list of lots purchased by Soane inserted at front of sale catalogue, copy 1).

Binding C17th calf, blind double-ruled borders with additional blind fillets parallel to spine, blind double-ruled spine without spine-label or lettering.

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