Religio medici

London: Andrew Cooke, 1642. 8vo. [ii], 159 pp. FIRST EDITION. Engraved title by William Marshall. Beautiful nineteenth-century maroon straight-grain gilt-ruled morocco by the English bookbinder Francis Bedford (1799-1883), spine in compartments with elaborate gilt design, marbled paste-downs and endpapers. From the library of the author George Walter Steeves 1845-1915) with his small bookplate. Among other works Steeves wrote the consummate biography of Francis Bacon. Item #19363

THE RARE FIRST EDITION

[BROWNE, Thomas]
Religio medici. [London]: Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1642. 8vo. Engraved title, beautiful nineteenth-century maroon straight-grain gilt-ruled morocco by the English bookbinder Francis Bedford. From the library of the author George Walter Steeves.
First edition, first printing, of one of the most famous and influential treatises in the English language. The Religio medici (A doctor’s religion) represents Browne’s attempt to arrive at a vital concept of faith, one with tolerance, humor and dignity. Browne’s work immediately drew attention, and the first edition of Observations upon Relgio medici by Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665), an English virtuoso and a lover of new trends in natural philosophy, came out in 1643. $ 7000.00.

Price: $7,000.00

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