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BROWNE, Sir Thomas, Kt., M.D.

Religio medici. Edited with a new introduction by Geoffrey Keynes.   Eugene: John Henry Nash, 1939

8vo. xix, [i], 114 pp. With 2 plates, including frontispiece. Linen-backed marbled boards with paper label. Bookplate of Terence Cavanagh. $95.00

First edition. Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club by John Henry Nash. This copy is numbered 1007 of 1500, and is signed by the printer. Believed to have been written in 1635, Religio medici was not originally intended for publication. Despite this, two unauthorized editions appeared, causing quite an uproar. Browne published an edited version in 1643, in hopes of clearing the work's reputation. In spite of this, it was placed on the papal list of books not to be read by Catholics. Since that time between thirty and forty editions have appeared, and the work has been translated into Latin, Dutch, French, German, and Italian.

Cavanagh is known for his edition of The panorama of Vesalius. A lost design from Titian's studio (Athens, Georgia, The Sacrum Press, 1996).


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