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Title: Variarum observationum liber.
Description: Londini, Prostant apud Robertum Scott Bibliopolam, 1685. 4to. W. (floral) woodc.vignet on titles and a number of engr. and woodc. textills. (some of them full page). Contemp. vellum, author and title gilttooled on spine. (VIII, 397, I (blank), I (errata), I blank) pp.). (Old [1940ties?]recasing, endpapers from this period too.). (Evenly browned throughout, some foxing.). (Inscr. in ink on upper free endp. Van Hulst Romae 27 Dec. 1949). NNBW I, 1519 - 1525: With an extensive survey of his works at the end of the biographical sketch by de Vries.: Bierens de Haan, 5157: Dict. of Nat. Biogr. 53, 392: 'Next year appeared "Variarum Observationum liber" (London, 1685. 4to), containing a dissertation of interest 'De Tiremium et Luburnicarum constructione', which Grevius inserted in the 12th vol. of his 'Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanorum' (it is referred to with commendation in Smith of Jordanhill's 'Dissertation on the 'Navigation of the Ancients' ed. 1880, p. 223), a treatise 'De Origine et progressu pulveris bellici', and another opuscule 'De antiquae Romae magnutidine'. Throughout this work Vossius gave free rein to his capricious imagination and to his love of paradox. He passes an extravagant eulogy on the Chinese civilisation, and tries to prove that the population of Rome was fourteen millions, and that its area was twenty times greater than that of Paris and London combined. ...Evelyn, who was delighted with their ingenuity, mentions several other opuscules, notably one ...on the subject of tacking in navigation, which was never published.; he was also greatly diverted by a note of Vossius upon a certain harmony which was produced in the east by the snapping of drivers' whips.': Wing III, 707: Thorndike vol. VII and VIII i.l.c.: Sandys II, pp. 322 - 323.: F.F.Blok, Isaac Vossius en zijn Kring, i.l.c. Further opuscules contained in this work are a.o. "De magnitudine Babylonis & Nini", "De antibus scientiis Sinarum", "De emendatione longitudinum", De datefacienda per septentrionem ad Japonenses et Indos navigatione"; In the Sibyllinis part a.o. "De Danielis hebdomadibus", De libris apocryphis", "De litteris Samariticis", "De Judaeorum grammatica" etc.: A good copy.

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