PHILOSOPHY AND PHYSIC

Nuovo metodo per introdursi ad imitazion de’ geometri con ordine, chiarezza, e brevità nelle piu sottili questioni di filosofia metafisiche, logiche, morali, e fisiche … libro primo si da un saggio di metafisica su lo stil Cartesiano. 

Venice, Andrea Poletti, 1721. 

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—.  Osservazioni teoriche, e pratiche di medicina inviate per lettera agli eruditissimi signori di sua privata accademia …  Si disaminano i sintomi di un mal di petto, che il volgo chiama pleuritide cieca ed occulta …  Venice, Andrea Poletti, 1721

Two parts in one vol., 4to, pp. i: [16], 96, ii: 62, [2 (index)]; woodcut printer’s device to titles, woodcut initials and headpieces; a few light marks; very good in contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, edges speckled blue; some wear to spine and corners and a few marks to covers, neat repair to foot of spine; contemporary ink inscription to title ‘All’uso semplice di Fra Giancammillo di Pettorano, [added subsequently:] e spetta al Convento di S. Onofrio’, early marginal annotations to pt i p. 5 and pt ii pp. 28-29.

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Scarce second edition (first 1702) of this work of philosophy and medicine by the Perugian scholar Pascoli (1669–1757). 

Pascoli lectured in philosophy and medicine at Perugia university and in 1702 was appointed professor of anatomy at Rome by Pope Clement XI.  He is perhaps best known for his anatomical treatise Il corpo-umano (1700).  Inspired by Descartes, the Nuovo metodo comprises a series of discourses in which Pascoli discusses cognition, materiality, body and spirit, being, God, causality, intellect, will, ideas, and the immortality of the soul.  In the second part, his Osservazioni, Pascoli turns to medical matters, considering blood and bloodletting, the medicinal virtues of the plant Dorstenia contrajerva, the work of Francesco Redi, and pleurisy and its treatment. 

The marginal annotations discuss free will, with reference to the Council of Trent, and highlight passages on plague and smallpox.  The owner whose name appears on the title-page is likely the Franciscan friar Giancamillo Picardi da Pettorano sul Gizio recorded in N. Petrone, Francescanesimo in Abruzzo (2000) as writing an unpublished ‘Corsa di filosofia e teologia’ in the early 1740s.  Our book then passed to the Convent of Sant’Onofrio, presumably that in nearby Vasto. 

No copies of either part of this edition traced in the US.  Only one copy found in the UK, at the Wellcome Library. 

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