SPECULUM MUNDI. John Swan.

SPECULUM MUNDI.

Or a glasse representing the face of the world; shewing both that it did begin, and must also end: the manner how, and time when, being largely examined. Whereunto is joyned an Hexameron, or a serious discourse of the causes, continuance, and qualities of things in nature; occasioned as matter pertinent to the work done in the six dayes of the worlds creation. Pp. [xiv]+504+[28](table), 1 astronomical diagram, the title within ornamental border, decorative head & tailpieces and a few initials, marginal glosses; small 4to; early vellum, soiled and lightly worn, with later date and gilt lettered & decorated brown morocco title label on spine; later (but not recent) endpapers, with twentieth century bookplate and earlier repair to upper pastedown, an ex library copy, with small shelf label and inked number on upper pastedown, accession and date stamps and inked number on verso of title page, and pencilled annotations to lower free endpaper, the hinges starting, early paper reinforcement along fore-edge of title page, small worm holes to bottom fore-corner of first few leaves (the first two holes repaired), several light marginal water stains (at times extending into text), occasional early inked marginalia, a little light creasing, a few small edge chips or tears, scattered light foxing and soiling; printed by Roger Daniel, Cambridge, 1643. Second edition, enlarged. Wing 6238. *Lacking the engraved title page. Roger Daniel was the official University Printer at Cambridge from 1632 to 1650. The author, John Swan (died 1671), was an English doctor and clergyman. Speculum Mundi presents the scientific knowledge of the 17th century (including herbal lore) within the theological framework of the six days of creation. Originally published in 1635, the work went through five editions by the end of the century. This copy is inscribed on the verso of the dedication page: 'Edward Marstin His Book and was taken into Salle a Slave one Thursday Augst ye 3d 1716 Anno Domini. Pray God Give Me My Liberty to see my Nattive Cunttray'. (A Sallee-man, or Sallee rover was a pirate ship, named after Sallee, a seaport on the west coast of Morocco notoriously frequented by pirates). At the foot of the final page, in a different but also early hand is the following annotation: 'a Receipt for a putrified wound. Take a quart of redd wine and put in to it a pinch of English tobacco as you can [well?] and cover it until it comes to a quarter of a pint then drain it off'. (Whether the unfortunate Edward Marstin returned to his native country - or required the remedy for a putrified wound - has not been established). Item #096436

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