SWAN (JOHN)] Speculum Mundi or a Glasse Representing the Face of the World; Shewing Both that is Did Begin, and Must Also End: The Manner How, and Time When, Being Largely Examined. Wheretunto is Joyned an Hexameron, or a Serious Discourse of the Causes, Continuance, and Qualities of Things in Nature

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Lot 137
SWAN (JOHN)]
Speculum Mundi or a Glasse Representing the Face of the World; Shewing Both that is Did Begin, and Must Also End: The Manner How, and Time When, Being Largely Examined. Wheretunto is Joyned an Hexameron, or a Serious Discourse of the Causes, Continuance, and Qualities of Things in Nature

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[SWAN (JOHN)]
Speculum Mundi or a Glasse Representing the Face of the World; Shewing Both that is Did Begin, and Must Also End: The Manner How, and Time When, Being Largely Examined. Wheretunto is Joyned an Hexameron, or a Serious Discourse of the Causes, Continuance, and Qualities of Things in Nature, FIRST EDITION, initial blank with woodcut ornament, title within typographical border, additional engraved allegorical title by William Marshall, BOIES PENROSE COPY with his bookplate, contemporary calf, rebacked in calf gilt [STC 23516], small 4to, Cambridge, Printed by [Thomas Buck and Roger Daniels] the Printers of the Universitie of Cambridge, 1635

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  • A fine copy of the first edition Speculum Mundi. John Swan (1605-1671) organized his encylopaedia around the six days of creation, including cosmology, meteorology, mineralogy, zoology, and botany. The diversity is conveyed in the list of contents: "Adulterous men like to the cuckoe", "Alexander deceived by apes", "America. A conjecture how America came at the first to be unknown", "How cunning beggars use to blister their arms and legs", "stuffes made of camels hair", "Cock-fighting", "Comets... why warres, famines, deaths etc. be the effects of comets", "An herb for great-breasted maids", "Metors and their kindes", "Mullet and his properties", "Tobacco.. the names, qualities and vertues therof... the Indian woman take no tobacoo", "Witches, they sell windes to sea-men".
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