London: T. H. for Edward Dod, 1646. First Edition. Folio, pp. 386. Some stains and creases to the title-page, a very good copy. Bound in contemporary calf. hinges starting to split along the bottom of the spine, lacks some pieces of leather at the extremities of the spine. Bookplate. CBEL I, 834; Wing B5159; Keynes 73. Item #16247
One of the most distinguished writers of his time, Browne (1605-1682) was a native of London. He got his medical degree and received several doctorates. He spent his life working as a doctor in Norwich. His Religio Medici (1642) is more a philosophical work than a defense of the medical profession. The present work is an inquiry into vulgar errors that have become part of the popular knowledge of the study of history, theology, mechanical arts, and medicine. The second edition of Browne's Christian Morals (1756) included a life and explanatory notes by Dr. Samuel Johnson.