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Hobbes (Thomas). Elements of Philosophy, the First Section, Concerning Body, Written in Latine,

Hobbes (Thomas). Elements of Philosophy, the First Section, Concerning Body, Written in Latine, and Now Translated into English, two which are added Six Lessons to the Professors of Mathematicks of the Institution of Sr. Henry Savile, in the University of Oxford, 2 parts in 1 vol., 1st English ed., printed by R. & W. Leybourn for Andrew Crooke, 1656, printed title and separate pagination to each part, fourteen folding engraved plates (one large), namely: Ad cap. xiv, xvi, xvii, xviii, xix, xx(4, closed tear repair without loss), xxi, xxii, xxiii, xxiv, xxvi, xxvii, xxviii et xxx; Lesson V, initial and final blanks to first part both present, stub to cancelled leaf 2Y1 present with variant letterpress visible, contemp. ownership inscription of `Johannis Reynoldi` to initial blank verso, bound with Stigmai [Greek text] or Markes of the Absurd Geometry, Rural Language, Scottish Church-Politicks and Barbarismes of John Wallis, Professor of Geometry and Doctor of Divinity, 1st ed., Andrew Crooke, 1657, a little spotting and browning throughout with occasional marginal chips and nicks, near-contemporary manuscript notes to endpapers at front and rear (sl. browned and chipped at margins), contemporary calf, some wear, covers detached, 4to (220 x 160mm) MacDonald & Hargreaves 56; Wing H2232 & H2261. This is the first English translation of `De Corpore`, published the previous year. The second short work is Hobbes`s parry to John Wallis`s `Due Correction...` (1656). The ownership signature of John Reynolds may possibly be that of John Reynolds (1668-1727), dissenting minister born at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire; or, his father John Reynolds, formerly minister of Wolverhampton and friend of Richard Baxter. The younger Reynolds published mostly sermons but also `Death`s Vision Represented in the Philosophical Sacred Poem` (1709), in the style of Herbert of Cherbury. (1)

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