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CUSANUS, Nicolaus [Nicholas of Cusa] (ca. 1401-ca. 1464). The Idiot in four books. The first and second of wisdome. The third of the minde. The fourth of statick experiments, or experiments of the ballance, London: for William Leake, 1650, 12°, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, title and text within ruled border (somewhat browned throughout, soil mark to outer margin of F2r and to G8 affecting catch word, segement torn from outer margin of I9 with loss of rule, I11-12 also slightly damaged at margin), 19th-century calf (spine rubbed). [Thorndike IV, 388ff.; Waller 20039a; Wing K394]

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CUSANUS, Nicolaus [Nicholas of Cusa] (ca. 1401-ca. 1464). The Idiot in four books. The first and second of wisdome. The third of the minde. The fourth of statick experiments, or experiments of the ballance, London: for William Leake, 1650, 12°, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, title and text within ruled border (somewhat browned throughout, soil mark to outer margin of F2r and to G8 affecting catch word, segement torn from outer margin of I9 with loss of rule, I11-12 also slightly damaged at margin), 19th-century calf (spine rubbed). [Thorndike IV, 388ff.; Waller 20039a; Wing K394]
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With bookplate of George Daglish; "... no 2431 of Longmans Catalogue for 1818 and is there marked at the moderate price of fifteen shillings -- a small sum certainly for so curious and interesting a work," inscription to front free endpaper; "purchased at the sale in Edin. 15 March 1821 for 4/6. W. Motherwell," further inscription to the same (possibly the Scottish poet, William Motherwell, 1797-1835, see DNB).

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Nicholas of Causa, whose German name was Khrypffs or Krebs, was among the great church leaders of the 15th century, and on the strength of the 4th book in the present Idiota (or "man in the street"), concerning static experiments, "one of the pioneers in modern mathematical physics" whose "studies on measurements and specific gravity are of the first importance" (Thorndike, quoting Osler). The first three books are purely philosophical, and his philosophical doctrine was taken up and developed more than a hundred years later by Giordano Bruno who called him "the divine Cusanus."
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