MYSTAGOGVS POETICVS, OR THE MUSES INTERPRETER: EXPLAINING THE HISTORICALL MYSTERIES, AND MYSTICALL HISTORIES OF THE ANCIENT GREEK AND LATINE POETS. HERE APOLLO'S TEMPLE IS AGAIN OPENED, THE MUSES TREASURERS THE SECOND TIME DISCOVERED ...

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London: Printed for Thomas Whitaker at the Kings Arms .., 1648. [12],2,418,[34]pp. Octavo. Frontis (attributed to William Faithorne). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in sympathetic style some decades ago, frontis mounted and a bit soiled, clean tear in upper edge of title mended on verso; occasional early ink annotations and stray, small ink drops; stubs of once tipped in ms. leaf in one margin; joints rubbed (but sound); a good copy. Second edition, first published the previous year. The present copy exhibits a variant imprint from that recorded in Wing and ESTC (without the printer's initials). A semblance of a dictionary of mythology by the prolific Scottish vicar and controversialist, including an abstract of the original myth followed by Ross's interpretation of it. Ross is remembered for his criticisms of Hobbes, Browne, Digby and Harvey, and for having prepared, based on Sieur Du Ryer's French text, the first, albeit flawed, translation into English of the QUR'AN. ESTC R1748. WING R1964.


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