“THE LIBERTY TO BE GUIDED BY HIS OWN REASON”: FINE SET OF SIR THOMAS BROWNE’S WORKS
BROWNE, Thomas. Works. Including His Life and Correspondence. Edited by Simon Wilkin. London: William Pickering, 1835-36. Four volumes. Octavo, contemporary full red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $1600.
Later edition, with engraved frontispiece portrait and plates, folding genealogical charts and a facsimile of Browne’s last will and testament, beautifully bound by Chambolle-Duru.
The Works include the Religio Medici, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Garden of Cyrus, memoirs, correspondence, unpublished papers and more. “By turns credulous and sceptical, Sir Thomas Browne is one of the most unusual of the great writers of the 17th century… What he demands is the liberty to be guided by his own reason” (PMM 131). “His qualities served to foster a general interest in science and, above all, to illuminate thought by truth concerning the material world” (DSB 2, 523).
Slight rubbing to outer hinges. A beautifully bound set.