Welcome to the Early Modern Era of Science Literatrure
"It is not an exaggeration to claim that between 1626 and 1660, a philosophical revolution was accomplished in England" (Charles Webster in The Great Instauration). Before and after this period also served as a great influence to the development of European science. The world of science was seeing a move towards the empirical model: experiments were valued above theories, observations were recorded so fervently that massive histories were being produced, and the human body and its processes (especially mental) were more deeply investigated. Coinciding with further study was the push to make such knowledge more accessible to the public, specifically the reading but less educated public. Especially when certain authors saw the physical well-being of their patients was linked with their spiritual health.
What better way to tell the story of developing science in the 17th as well as 18th century than through books? Journey through the years, across pages of chemical dispensatories and treatises on bodily fluids along with bizarre illustrations serving as windows into the deep ocean as well as the alchemist's workshop.
Illustrated t.p., engraved by Christof le Blon.
"Printed by John Lichfield"--Colophon.
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The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton, was not the first of its genre of the literature of the humors. Authors...