London: Printed for the Author, and are to be sold by H.E. at the sign of the Grey-hound in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1661. Second edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very good- condition. Item #019642
[xxx], 184 pages of text. Lacks A1 (blank). Original full paneled calf boards with modern re-backing. The final few pages have heavy browning to the margins. Title page is soiled with minor ink staining. The text is moderately browned and lightly foxed, several pages have a small dark stain to the fore edges, and a few pages have a small chips to the margin. The text contains profuse notations and some underlining, presumably by the identified previous owner, Carus Philipson who graduated with a MA from Glasgow University in 1669. In this work, the author wrote the first unambiguous description of the zodiacal light. He also told of localities where such things called snake-stones and star-stones could be found. Henry Eversden (H.E.) has been identified as being at the Greyhound at this time. Wing: C-3871. Natural history - Pre-Linnean works. Title continues: Methodically digested; and the Causes of many of them Philosophically attempted. With Observations upon them, and Deductions from them, whereby divers Secrets in Nature are discovered, and some things hitherto reckoned Prodigies, are fain to confess the cause whence they proceed. Usefull for all ingenious men of What Profession or Quality soever. Old bookseller blind stamp on rear board and on inside rear cover: William Thackray Manchester.