Having decided that Francisco Suarez is rather too mainstream and common for my tastes, I’ve started doing some research on even later scholastics, i.e., from a time when scholastics didn’t exist to the mind of most people. Actually, they did. And they left a great many, fat Latin volumes that one might read. But since these people didn’t exist, most libraries, especially in the U.S. don’t have many of their books. So yesterday I got up early and drove down to St. Bonaventure University and spent the day in the Franciscan Institute’s splendid rare book library. I hope to go back next week for more indulging of my historical bent.
Okay, so that was the boring background bit. Tracking down the books I need involves a lot of time combing through various obscure sources and doing lots of various catalogue searches. In the course of that one naturally comes across many wholly irrelevant title. But it can be entertaining, if one loves early modern book titles as much as I do. Below the break are a few I’ve come across recently:
1) The eccentric mirror : reflecting a faithful and interesting delineation of male and female characters, ancient and modern, who have been particularly distinguished by extraordinary qualifications, talents, and propensities, natural or acquired comprehending singular instances of longevity, conformation, bulk, stature, powers of mind and of body, wonderful exploits, adventures, habits, propensities, enterprising pursuits, &c., &c., &c. with a faithful narration of every instance of singularity, manifested in the lives and conduct of characters who have rendered themselves eminenty conspicuous by their eccentricities the whole exhibiting an interesting and wonderful display of human action in the grand theatre of the world. By G. H. Wilson and J. Cundee. London: Printed for James Cundee, 1806.
2) Directions for recovering persons, who are supposed to be dead, from drowning also, for preventing and curing the disorders produced by drinking cold water, or other cold liquors, and by the action of noxious vapours, lightning, and excessive heat and cold, upon the human body. : Published by order of the Humane Society of Philadelphia. By Benjamin Rush, John Jones, and the Humane Society of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Printed by Joseph James, 1789.
3) Aristotle’s masterpiece: or, The secrets of generation display’d in all the parts thereof. Containing 1. The signs of barrenness. 2. The way of getting a boy or girl. 3. Of the likeness of children to parents. 4. Of the infusion of the soul into the infant. 5. Of monsturous births, and the reasons thereof. 6. Of the benefit of marriage to both sexes. 7. The prejudice of unequal matches. 8. The discovery of insufficiency. 9. The cause and cure of the green sickness. 0. A discour[se] of virginity. 11. How a midwife ought to be qualified. 12. Directions and cautions to midwives. 13. Of the organs of generation in women. 14. The fabrick of the womb. 15. The use and action of the genitals. 16. Signs of conception, and whether of a male or female. 17. To discover false conception. 18. Instructions for women with child. 19. For preventing miscarriage. 20. For vvomen in childbed. … To which is added, a word of advice to both sexes in the act of opulation. And the pictures of several. By Aristotle, pseud. London: printed by F.L. for J. How, in the year 1690.