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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2012 04:47 pm
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Has anyone looked at this book by Whitelocke Bulstrode:
An essay of transmigration, in defence of Pythagoras, or, a discourse of natural philosophy (1692, 1693)?

Just come across him in DNB which says, about the book,
"This wide-ranging work of natural philosophy drew particularly on alchemical sources. Bulstrode was an admirer of Eirenaeus Philalethes, the pseudonym of the American alchemist George Starkey, whom he referred to several times as ‘the great Eirenaeus’. Bulstrode argued that transmigration—the theory of the passage of the soul at death into another body—applied properly to vegetative and sensitive rather than rational souls, and that ancient mythology was an elaborately coded system of natural and experimental philosophy. The book was republished in 1693. A Latin translation by Oswald Dyke was published in 1725"

If anyone has seen the book, is this true?
No problem if not, I now have access to EEBO, so can study it there.
Alan

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 01:58 am
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Alan Pritchard wrote:
Has anyone looked at this book by Whitelocke Bulstrode:
An essay of transmigration, in defence of Pythagoras, or, a discourse of natural philosophy (1692, 1693)?

Just come across him in DNB which says, about the book,
"This wide-ranging work of natural philosophy drew particularly on alchemical sources. Bulstrode was an admirer of Eirenaeus Philalethes, the pseudonym of the American alchemist George Starkey, whom he referred to several times as ‘the great Eirenaeus’. Bulstrode argued that transmigration—the theory of the passage of the soul at death into another body—applied properly to vegetative and sensitive rather than rational souls, and that ancient mythology was an elaborately coded system of natural and experimental philosophy. The book was republished in 1693. A Latin translation by Oswald Dyke was published in 1725"

If anyone has seen the book, is this true?
No problem if not, I now have access to EEBO, so can study it there.
Alan


The 1692 first edition has disappeared from Google Books but it's still consultable at archive.org:

http://archive.org/stream/essayoftransmigr00buls#page/n7/mode/2up

I can't find the Dyke translation online but it's mentioned in a recent rare books catalogue here at item 17:

http://www.kuehn-books.de/angebote/downloads/kuehn-books%20Pasadena2012.pdf

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 08:12 am
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Thanks, Paul, especially for the archive.org reference. I always prefer to reference an open copy in my bibliography as the main one, EEBO comes 2nd.

The Latin version is on ECCO at T110666

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 08:27 am
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Alan Pritchard wrote:
Thanks, Paul, especially for the archive.org reference. I always prefer to reference an open copy in my bibliography as the main one, EEBO comes 2nd.

The Latin version is on ECCO at T110666


On a feminist note, I believe the printer E.H. was Elizabeth Holt, who also printed the first edition of John Locke's Essay Concerning Human[e] Understanding:

http://www.biblio.com/books/464750665.html

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 08:34 am
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Confirmed by ESTC.
1692: printed by E.H. for Tho. Basset
1693: printed by E[lizabeth]. H[olt]. for Tho. Basset

so, same printer and bookseller. Basset was a very prolific 'publisher'


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