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An Humble Apologie for Learning and Learned Men,
1653. First (and only) Edition, viii, 263, [1]pp, 8vo, a good copy in recent panelled calf old style, London, T.M. for M.M., G. Bedell and T. Collins, 1653. Wing W.1048. Madan, Oxford Books, A Bibliography of Printed Works Relating to The University and City of Oxford, III, p.23 (item 2212): "Chiefly an appeal [for learning] on general grounds, but there is an historical section on pp.43-72." Edward Waterhouse (1619-1670) was educated at Cambridge University but spent some years at Oxford in order to pursue his studies in the Bodleian Library. He later moved to Sion College London and it was during this period that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society; eventually he became a preacher.Waterhouse's Humble Apologie for Learning and Learned Men was his first work. "My emulation is to propose Learning & Learned Men, as the Horsemen and Chariots of any Nation, and to discover that without them a People can expect nothing but Barbarity and Bestial Vulpinariness. the More men are sunk in ignorance, and estranged from Arts and Sciences, the nearer come they to the life of Beasts and Savages: for unless the power of the mind, by which we are distinguished from Brutes, be by liberal sciences ordered and modified, all their virtue and nobility will degenerate into not only a likeness to, but into a degree of rudeness beyond beasts" (p.7) Waterhouse gives a survey of learning in Britain from the earliest times to his present, listing the colleges of the two Universities (Oxford and Cambridge) and giving historical notes (p.67ff). He goes on to defend the university and the schol … [Click Below for Full Description]
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