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ROSS, Alexander
The Philosophicall touch-stone: or observations upon Sir Kenelm Digbie's discourses of the nature of bodies, and of the reasonable soule…
Printed for James Young and are to be sold by Charles Green, London, 1645. Small 4to. pp. [16], 131, [1]. With the required imprimatur leaf (sig. A1) before the title. Bound in modern blind tooled full calf after early style. An old bookseller’s ticket is preserved and pasted on the inside front cover. A miniscule institutional stamp is present on one of the front blank free fly-leaves. Interior pages contain occasional spots of mild foxing / staining / wear. A small signature is written on the title page above the word "observation." A pair of initials are written and crossed out in an early hand following the last line of text on p. 131. Bound at the rear of this copy are 14 unnumbered leaves (the final of which is soiled) containing a postscript and a table of contents to a completely different work. Alexander Ross (1591-1654) was Chaplain to Charles I and vicar of Carisbrooke. His "Philosophicall Touch-Stone" was an important refutation of the unorthodox Aristotelianism in Sir Kenelm Digby’s "Two Treatises." Ross touches on many issues relevant to science and chemistry including the atomic theory of the ancients, the composition of matter and the nature of light. Ideas concerning magnetism, color and sound are also discussed [See Duveen]. D. Rubin’s bibliography of Sir Kenelm Digby states that Ross’s treatise is " Probably the first English discussion of atomism after Digby’s ‘Two Treatises.’" [Duveen, p. 516; Neville Library II, pp.392-393; Krivatsy NLM 9953; Rubin, Sir Kenelm Digby 221; ESTC R200130]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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