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ftitution, died in the first Paroxysm. Those Fevers rage violently at Bandar-Abassi, when the Wind blows from the Mountains of Gammeron : The Air is then as hot as if it came out of a burning Furпасе. When that Wind blows a long Time, there is so great a Mortality, that a dead Body might be found almoft in every House. The Author believes, that were it not for an opposite Wind, which rises fometimes on the other side of the Gulph, every Body would die in that Town. When the Sweat comes out in the first or second Paroxysm, it lasts for some Days, provided the fick Person observes a good Regimen. There is hardly any other Excretion, that can cure the Disease. But if a good Regimen is not or cannot be carefully observed, (as it frequently happens,) the Paroxysms return upon the sick Person, and prove as bad and more dangerous thàn they were at first. It happens sometimes that the fick Person falls into a Consumption. At other Times the Humours occafion several Obstructions in the musculous Parts of the Buttocks, and Thighs, and in the Calf of the Legs, where they form Im postumations. The same Humours occasion also a tort of Swelling all over the Skin, (call'd Root-vont, in the East-Indies) or a great many Blisters attended with many Boils.

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olim apud Vratislavienses Magdalenæi,
Apparatus, sive Dissertatio Ifagogica
de Scriptoribus Historiam Seculi XVII.
illustrantibus. Lipsiæ, apud Thomam
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That is,
An Introduction to the Knowledge of thofe

Writers, who have illustrated the History
of the XVIIth Century. By CHRISTIAN
GRYPHIUS, late Rector of Magda-
len-College at Breilaw. Leipfick 1710.
in 8vo. Pagg. 599.

Sold by Paul Vaillant, in the Strand.

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GAVE Notice of this Book in the First Volume of these

Memoirs, Art. LXXVIH, and mentioned some few Particulars contained in it. A further Ac. count of that Work, which is lately come into my Hands, will not be unacceptable to the Lovers of History. M. Gryphius fhews in his Preface whar fort of Books are necessary to write the History of the XVIIth Century, and what other Helps are requisire to undertake such a Work. His Introduction confifts of XIX Chapters. In the First, he mentions those Authors, who have writ a general History of the last Century, and those who have publish'd Monthly Relations, Collections of Original Pieces, Abridgments, Chronological Tables, Genealogies, &c. He proceeds to those, who have given an Ac


count of the History of Germany and Bobemia. The following Chapters concern Spain and Portugal ; France; Great Britain and Ireland; the Low-Countries; Switzerland ; Italy; Hungary, with the Neighbouring Kingdoms and Provinces ; Poland ; Denmark; Swed den ; Muscovy; the Turkish Empire, and Tartary; Persia; the Empire of the Great Mogul, and other Kingdoms in the East-Indies; China and Japan; Africa; and America.

The Author mentions, not only those Writers, who have published the History of each Country, but also those who described particular Provinces and Towns, who writ Geographical and Genealogical Books, who published Original Pieces, and Letters, Lastly, he is so particular as to take in Travels, O. rationis, Poems, Publick Solemnicies, &c.

This work is a very useful Repertory; and it were to be wished that M. Gryphius 'had given his Judgment about several Books, which he only mentions. I shall insert some of his Observations:

1. The Knowledge of the Latin and French Laaguages (fays he) are not sufficient to write a General History. Whoever goes about such a Work, must also un. derstand Italian, Spanish, and English.

very much mistaken, continues the Author, who fancy " there is nothing of Worth to be found in England, but what concerns Divinity, or perhaps Philo“ sophy". Nimis' enim, meo quidem judicio, aberrant, qui putant, apud Anglos nihil aliud eximii, quam in Theologia aut forte Philosophia querendum esse.

I shall make it appear in its proper Place, that, “ the Engliss have wonderfully illustrated the History

of their Nation in their own Language". The Author might have added, that England has produced several Learned Criticks, and other Mendiftinguished by their Erudition, such as Mr. Dodwell, Gataker, Dr. Hammond, Bishop Pearson, Mr. Selden, Archbishop User, &c. not to mention those Learned Men, great Mathematicians, Eminent Physicians, c. who are now an Ornament to this Nation. M. Gryphius does very much commend a DiffertatiVol. IV.


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on of Boeclerus, entituled, De utilitate ex Historie universalis contextu capienda. That Piece is grown scarce. 3. He rakes Norice of the Republicks printed by the Elzeviers, and says they have been collect. ed without any Judgment. Those Descriptions are very indifferent ; there are only some few that are good. I shall occasionally observe, That the De. scription of Switzerland by Simler is one of the best Pieces inserted in that Collection. 4. Our Author speaking of Moreri's Dictionary, says it is still full of Errors, and that he has found above a Hundred and Eighteen Mistakes in one single Article, viz. in that of Germany. I look upon that Dictionary as a Work of great Use to have a general Notion of Things


but one cannot depend upon it for Parti. culars. 3. M. Gryphius recommends these two Books for the History of Germany, viz. Michaelis Herzii Bi. bliotheca Scriptorum Germanicorum, published at Erfort in 1679: And Samuel Rachelii Introductio ad Jus Publicum Germanie, Amsterdam 1685. in 12. 6. Those who desire to have an excellent Chorography of Germany, ought to provide themselves with Martin Zeilerus's Itinerarium, the first Part whereof came out at Strasburg, 1632. in 120. and the second in 1640 : They were both Reprinted in 1674. A small Book of the fame Author, De Imperii Germanici X. Circulis, is very useful; and this Description of the Circles, is more Methodical than that which he has inserted in his Itinerary. 1. Whatever concerns the History of Holstein may be found in Fohn Mollerus's Introductio ad historiam Ducatuum Slefuicenfis 6 Holsatici. 8. M. Gryphius informs us, That Pufendorf never denied in earneit that he was the Author of the Book entitled, De Statu Imperii Germanici, published under the fictitious Name of Severinus de Monzambano Veronensis, 9. The Notitia Imperii by Boeclerus published at Strasburg in 4to, and Reprinted in 1690. in 8vo. is written with great Judgment, and contains several Things not to be found any where else. 10. The Author observes that an exac Catalogue of the small Pieces, published from the

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beginning of the Reformation to the Death of Lu. ther, has been made by the Duke of Wolfenbutel's Order.

Among those Boɔks that have been omitted by M. Gryphius, I shall only take 'Notice of Two. Pirard, whose Travels are very Curious, does not appear among the Travellers of the XVIIth Cençury mens tioned by our Author. Nor do I find in the List of the Descriptions of several Towns in Italy, an Account of the Republick of St. Marin publified by Gabriel Naudé, who dedicated it to his Friend la Mothe le Vayer. That Piece is very scarce. I shall insert a Passage, wherein that Book is mentioned ; and I shall do it the more willingly, because it contains some Particulars, that may divert the Readers, I * will inform you upon this Occasion, of what “ Gabriel Naudé, that excellent Library-Keeper t, “ told me upon his Return from the second Voyage “ he made in Italy. Having desired an Inquisitor of " that Country to license a Book which he design" ed to publish ; that Inquifitor required from him " that he should correct these Words, Virgo fata eft, " and inserted this Cenfure in the Margin of the “Manuscript, Propofitio hæretica; nam non datur Fa.

tum. In another Place, upon these Words, hoc detrahit fidem Cajetano, the Inquisitor writ this

Marginal Note, Propositio scandalosa; nam Cajeta

nus mortuus eft in fide. And when Naudé print“ ed his Account of the Republick of St. Marin, “ which he dedicated to me; That Inquisitor find.

ing in the Epistle Dedicatory that the Author said, I had studied in my younger Years, improbo las

bore, was very preffing upon him to make him alter “thole Words, as being a Reflexion upon his friend, " tho' Naudé got one of the best Humanists of

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• La Mothe le Vayer. Letter CX. Pag. 906. Paris 1662.

# He was Library. Keeper to Cardinal Mozarin.

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