Lot 125 of 145:
Interpretation of the Number 666 by Potter 1642  

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Title:
An Interpretation of the Number 666

Author:
Potter, Francis

Place:
Oxford

Publisher:
Leonard Lichfield

Date:
1642

Description:
[xviii], 214, [2 blank] pp. (4to) 8x6, modern full calf in period style, red morocco spine label. First Edition. "Potter formed a wild but ingenious theory of the Number of the Beast, connecting 25, the ‘appropinque’ square root of 666, with various Romish institutions; he elaborated it in a manuscript which was read in 1637 by Joseph Mead, and commended as a wonderful discovery, ‘the happiest that ever yet came into the world,’ and as calculated to ‘make some of your German speculatives half wild.’... [Samuel] Pepys, who read the work in November 1666, considered it ‘mighty ingenious'." (DNB). Wing P3028.

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Condition:
Title page, with several chips and tears, mounted to a later sheet, light foxing; else very good in a fine modern binding.


 
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