The Philosophicall Touch-stone: or observations upon Sir Kenelm Digbie's Discourses of the nature of bodies, and of the reasonable soule
by ROSS, Alexander (1590-1654)
London: Printed for James Young ... sold by Charles Green, 1645. Small quarto. (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). , 131, pp. Contemporary manuscript annotations on verso of the Privilege leaf. Early twentieth century half red morocco and marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands in five compartments, lettered in gilt in the second, the others with a repeat decoration Provenance: William Watts (signature and Latin inscription dated 1645, indicating the volume to have been a gift of the author); Charles W. Burr (bookplate) First edition of an early English discussion of atomism. With the 1644 publication of Digby's Two Treatises , Gassendian and Cartesian atomism was introduced into England. In the present work, Scottish chaplain and writer Alexander Ross refutes Digby's view, restating Aristotelian arguments. This copy evidently a presentation from the author to William Watts (1590-1649), chaplain to Prince Rupert and noted scholar and linguist. Wing R1979.
(Inventory #: 32378)
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