1668 · London
First edition: "An account of some of the most remarkable late improvements of practical, useful learning: to encourage philosophical endeavours. Occasioned by a conference with one of the notional way." => Glanvill defends the advances of science and the Royal Society's scientific method in this rather pugnacious response to controversy caused by an "enrag'd Antagonist" (the Puritan theologian Robert Crosse) who "reported [the author] an Enemy to the Scriptures" (p. 141) and charged him with atheism. Here, Glanvill describes recent progress in chemistry, anatomy, algebra, geometry, astronomy, geography, and natural history, along with advances in instruments such as the telescope, microscope, thermometer, and barometer.
ESTC R14223; Wing (rev. ed.) G820. Recent marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather label, lacking final advertisement leaf (only); imprimatur leaf mounted, small repairs to upper margins of title-page and first few leaves. Pages browned and cockled, two with a few letters partially obscured from apparent adhesion one to the other some time ago; text overall very readable. A few instances of annotations, mostly biographical, in an early inked hand. => Despite internal wear, now solid for use and attractive on shelf. (Inventory #: 41357)