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Plus Ultra: or, the Progress and Advancement of Knowledge since the Days of Aristotle. In an Account of some of the most Remarkable Late Improvements of Practical, Useful Learning: To Encourage Philosophical Endeavors.

London: Printed for James Collins, 1668. First Edition. Full Calf. Joseph Glanvill, also spelled Glanvil, (born 1636, Plymouth, Devon, Eng.—died Nov. 4, 1680, Bath, Somerset) was a writer, philosopher, and clergyman who believed in the delicate marriage of the scientific method, rationalism, and witchcraft. The English self-styled skeptic and apologist for the Royal Society defended the reality of witchcraft and ghosts and the preexistence of the soul. Thereby, according to some, he initiated psychical research. His Plus Ultra or the Progress and Advancement of Knowledge Since the Days of Aristotle (1668) defended the Royal Society’s experimental method as religious in nature because it revealed the workings of God. Glanvill’s effort to prove scientifically that witches and ghosts exist was viewed as a refutation of atheism. More over, this treatise was a testament for experimental philosopher and achievements of the modern age. The book also incensed much controversy for his radical views on scientific instrumentation, including the microscope, magnetic compass, thermostat, and the printing press, which Glanvill professed as radical vessel for disseminating knowledge and for some, however, a threatening idea. His ideas supported even the research into the supernatural, as science could explain all forms of evidence. Includes the bookplate of University of Keele, presented by C. W. Turner; early signature of Henry Richardson title. Fine. Some minor stains, some repaired (some holes left unrepaired) marginal worm-trails, A6 repaired margin, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Rebound in modern paneled calf, gilt spine title. 8vo. Collation: [â ]2[-1], A-L8, M5 [Lacks imprimatur leaf [2] and ads leaf [M6]]; Pagination: [xxxiv], 149pp., 5 unnumbered pp. Item #9498

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