Item #14892 A Discourse Concerning Prodigies: Wherein the Vanity of Presages by them is reprehended, and their true and proper Ends asserted and vindicated, to which is added a short Treatise Concerning Vulgar Prophecies Wherein the Vanity of Receiving them as the certain Indications of any future Event is discovered And some Characters of Distinction between true and pretending Prophets are laid down; ( Two parts in one volume ). John SPENCER.

A Discourse Concerning Prodigies: Wherein the Vanity of Presages by them is reprehended, and their true and proper Ends asserted and vindicated, to which is added a short Treatise Concerning Vulgar Prophecies Wherein the Vanity of Receiving them as the certain Indications of any future Event is discovered And some Characters of Distinction between true and pretending Prophets are laid down; ( Two parts in one volume )

London: J. Field for W. Graves, 1665. Second Edition Corrected and Enlarged. Hardcover, small 8vo. (xxxii) + 408pp.,+ (viii) 136 +(vi)pp. Contemporary leather boards, recently rebacked with matching leather spine with, red leather title label, with gilt titling, raised bands and gilt embellishments to spine, blind rules. Fresh endpapers. "A greatly extended editon of Spencer's refutation of omens and apparitions and the first to include his new publication, a "Discourse Concerning Vulgar Prophecies." The book examines a copious assemblage of superstitions and auguries, such as comets, eclipses, the turning of ponds to blood and the moving of mountains, tracing the history of the Old Testament and classical mythology and commending the study of Natural Philosophy. John Spencer (1630--1693) was an eminent Hebraist and has been held to be "the founder of the study of comparative religion." (Wing, S4948) Leather rubbed at edges, old bookplates relaid onto recent endpapers, light dampstain to upper corner of some pages not affecting text. Still a solid, attractive copy. Item #14892

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