TETRADYMUS Containing I. Hodegus; or, the Pillar of Cloud and Fire, that guided the Israelites in the Wilderness, not miraculous .. II. Clidophorus; or, of the Exoteric and Esoterick Philosophy .. of the antients .. III. Hypatia .. IV. Mangoneutes: being a defense of Nazarenus .. against Dr. Mangey, Mr. Patterson ..
Brotherton & Meadows first edition
Woodcut foliated inital capitals and tailpieces.
Octavo paper wrappers xxii +226pp +errata but Lacking 3 leaves (I3&6+L-1). Titlepage printed in red and black. From page 166 there is loss to the top corner at first only marginal corner, then affecting only the page numbers, but on final 9 leaves some corner loss of text. *Toland was called "the great Oracle of the Anti-Christians" by Swift. The 4 parts are unrelated essays the most important of which is "Clidophorus", the 1st published work on the esoteric/exoteric distinction. Here Toland offers important suggestions on how to read an esoteric text, throwing light on deistic and atheistic writers such as himself, who were forced to disguise their true meaning in order to evade persecution for blasphemy. Also of interest is the essay on the early female philosopher, Hypatia, and Toland's defence of his "Nazarenus".
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