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BERKELEY, George. Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and inquiries Concerning the Virtues of tar water, And divers other Subjects connected together and arising one from another.

London. Re-printed For W. Innys, and C. Hitch...and C. Davis, 1744. Second edition, improved and correct by the author.
8vo. 174pp, [2]. Recent sheep-backed marbled paper boards, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece. Lightly rubbed, spine sunned. Recent book-label of John Stephens to FEP, inked ownership inscription of 'Danvers Osborm 1744' to head of title-page, with very occasional annotations in his hand, slight loss to upper corner of leaf O1.
The revised edition of George Berkeley's (1685-1753) penultimate publication, an exploration of the medicinal virtues of tar-water, with instructions for its use. Berkeley considered tar-water to be a cure for a plethora of ailments, ranging from fevers and apoplexies to cancers and scurvy. He cites Isaac Newton in regards to his study of the solubility of salts and acids.

Sir Danvers Osborn, 3rd Baronet (1715-1753), politician, notable for serving the cause of the House of Stuart in the Jacobite rising of 1745, and for serving as colonial governor of New York Province in 1753.
ESTC T9521.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 18715