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CASAUBON, MERIC (1599-1671). A Treatise Concerning Enthusiasme, As it is an Effect of Nature: but is mistaken by many for either Divine Inspiration, or Diabolical Possession. London: Printed by R.D. and are to be sold by Tho. Johnson, 1655. First Edition. Meric Casaubon was the son of the great classical scholar Isaac Casaubon. 'A Treatise Concerning Enthusiamse' is probably his most widely read book. A favorite word in English theological circles for some time (cf. Ronald Knox's Enthusiasm), "Enthusiasm" understood in this sense was the hyperactivity of the religious mind connected to some erratic external manifestation. Certain ceremonies and behavior of the Anabaptist, Quakers, Quiestists, Seekers, and Ranters were considered to fall under this definition. In Casaubon's work he attempts to distinguish between natural, physiological factors surrounding religious hyperactivity and preternatural causes, especially that of diabolical obsession or possession. Interesting contemporary ownership annotations on the blanks, title-page and verso of the title-page. One William Marriott has written out the titles of other works by Casaubon in Latin and English on the front blank and verso of the title; a Wm. Griffith, M.A., has written in the upper margin of the title-page that he bought this book in Cambridge in 1693 and notes its cost; and on the rear blank are annotations about Casaubon's classical references, etc. 12mo (16.5 x 11cm), 228pp. A couple pages a bit trimmed close at top with minimal letter loss to chapter heading. Bound in modern half calf. [Attributes: First Edition … [Click Below for Full Description]
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