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ROSS, Alexander (1591--1654)
Arcana microcosmi: or, the hid secrets of man's body discovered; in an anatomical duel between Aristotle and Galen concerning the parts thereof: as also, by a discovery of the strange and marveilous diseases, symptomes & accidents of man's body. With a refutation of Doctor Brown's vulgar errors, the Lord Bacon's Natural history, and Doctor Harvy's book De generatione, Comenius, and others; whereto is annexed a letter from Doctor Pr. to the author, and his answer thereto, touching Doctor Harvy's book De generatione. By A.R.
London: printed by Tho. Newcomb, and are to bee sold by John Clark, 1652 [i.e. 1658?].
[16], 207, [5], 209--267, [9] p. ; 16.2 cm. (8º)

'A.R.' = Alexander Ross, who signs the preface. Originally published in 1651, this is the first edition to contain Ross's 'refutation' of William Harvey's De generatione animalium, 1651, and is the first published commentary on Harvey's work. Sir Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia epidemica, 1646 (its sixth edition appeared in 1672) and Francis Bacon's Sylva sylvarum, 1627 (a ninth edition appeared in 1679) are similarly attacked by Ross in this work. Includes a separate title-page, p. [209] reading 'An Appendix to Arcana Microcosmi: Wherein are Contained divers Passages, as of Fishes, Presages, Sneezing, Thunder-Struck Persons, &c., With a Refutation of divers Tenets held by Doctor Harvie in his Book De Generatione. The Lord Bacon in his Naturall History, and Some Others. By Aeexander [sic] Ross.' with Thomas Newcomb's imprint dated '1652'. Register is continuous. The final [9] pages contain a letter, and reply, both in Latin, from J.P. to A.R. (i.e. Primerose to Ross). James Primerose was an indefatigable opponent of Harvey starting with his attack on the De motu cordis in 1630. Wing R1947, R1945C; ESTC r13878; Thomason E.1247[1].

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting all before the last leaf of the preliminaries. Like, apparently, the Osler Library copy and one of the copies at the Wellcome Library, the imprint of the Appendix has been amended in ink from 1652 to 1658. Extensive annotations in ink inside both covers, in various hands. Names include: Wm Worrall, Rebecca Beveridge, John Robertson. Inscription in ink on rear pastedown Wm Worrall his booke / at ye black Boy wthout Aldersgate / 1713; and in pencil Maddam Burcher.

Binding C18th gilt-panelled calf with additional blind double fillet parallel to spine, gilt roll-tooled spine, paper spine-label with title in ink reading 'Arcana / Brown / Errors'.

Reference Number 566


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