The Travels of Cyrus. To which is annexed, a Discourse Upon the Theology and Mythology of the Pagans.
by Ramsay, Chevalier [Andrew Michael].
Np: Printed in the Year M,DCC,LX. . 12mo, xxii, 302 pp. Full calf, gilt backstrip with red morocco label. Top inch of first blank neatly cut away, frontispiece removed. Armorial bookplate of Theodore de Luders on front pastedown. Some rubbing and wear to binding, headcap chipped. A pleasant copy without foxing (reading “Discousre” on title page.) Later edition of the English translation of Les voyages de Cyrus, first published in Paris in 1727. Andrew Ramsay (1686-1743), born in Scotland, was a Jacobite and Catholic convert who spent most of his life on the continent as a tutor and student of mystical theology. His imaginary voyage was translated into English by Nathaniel Hooke and was much reprinted. “In both its French and English editions Ramsay's Cyrus was a sensation... it told the story of Cyrus's adventures among the magi and the Greeks, drawing heavily on the tradition of a pristine ancient wisdom akin to Christianity, and arguing for the existence of three states of humanity: the innocent, the fallen, and the restored. It attacked the ideas of Spinoza and upheld the existence of a subtle fluid, through whose actions God produces physical effects. It also hinted at a doctrine of metempsychosis. In its pages Ramsay attempted to reconcile the philosophy of Descartes with that of Newton in a mystical Christian context.” (DNB) Only three other copies of this edition located: British Library, Nat. Library of Scotland and Penn Libraries. ESTC T208282 (Inventory #: 105418)
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