This hard cover book is in good condition overall. There is a gilded title on the spine of the cover, and the dust jacket is included. The cover has some visible markings and some fraying on the corners and edges. The jacket has similar issues, although it also has a small tear on it, and it is also somewhat grubby. The original price is still included inside the jacket and has not been cut. Inside, the pages of the book are in very good condition overall. The biggest issue with the pages appears to be on the edges, where there is some general grubbiness, most noticeable when the book is closed.+
The rise of the new, experimental science coexisted with other intellectual traditions which displayed equal vitality, including historical and philological learning, attitudes to magic and the wisdom of antiquity, and anxiety about what contemporaries called atheism'.The studies in this book illuminate this complex state of affairs by focusing on specific figures and episodes. New light is shed on the career of John Evelyn through the use of his extensive manuscripts, hitherto hardly exploited, and the attitude to astrology of the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, is reconsidered. Other important figures examined include Christopher Wren and Elias Ashmole, occultist and founder of the first public museum in Britain. These studies underlie the new theory of intellectual change in this key period propounded in the introduction.