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Religio Medici, with Editor's Preface and Postscript, Digby's
Observations, &c. ..

i to xxxii 1 to 158
PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA, books 1 to 4

159 to end.
Editor's Preface

267 to 384
Book III. The same continued; respecting animals

385 to 540

VOLUME THIRD.

I to 374

1 to 86

87 to 184

PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA, books 4 to 7 ..

Book IV. The particular part continued; of popular errors

concerning man
Book V. The same continued; of questionable or erroneous

representations in pictures; of many popular customs, fc.
Book VI. The same continued ; of popular tenets, cosinogra-

phical, geographical, and historical
Book VII. The same concluded; of popular tenets, chiefly

historical, and some deduced from Scripture

THE GARDEN OF CYRUS

HYDRIOTAPHIA

BRAMPTON URNS

Editor's Preface to these three tracts

185 to 293

295 to 374

375 to 448

449 to 496

497 to 505
377 to 380

VOLUME FOURTH.

Editor's Preface to the volume

REPERTORIUM, &c.

LETTER TO A FRIEND, &c. with Editor's Preface

CHRISTIAN MORALS, &c. with Editor's Preface

MISCELLANY TRACTS, &c. with Editor's Preface

LATIN LETTERS FROM THEODORE JONAS ..

UNPUBLISHED PAPERS

Dr. Thomas BROWNE'S JOURNEY WITH DR. Plot

An Account of the ManuscrIPT COLLECTIONS of Sir Thomas

and Dr. Edward Browne

Index to the four volumes

i, ii

1 to 32

37 to 52

53 to 114

115 to 256

256 to 270

271 to 456

458 to 462

463 to 476

477 to end.

PRE FACE.

NEARLY twelve years have elapsed since the present edition was undertaken; and it affords me no small gratification to have at length accomplished, however imperfectly, a task which has been attended by a degree of labour proportioned to the difficulty of the work, and the competency of the workman. The delay, though not 'my own, and incurred in the hope of securing a corresponding advantage to my readers, cannot, I fear, be justified :—and, when I consider how often plans have been defeated, assurances forfeited, and character thus sacrificed, by a spirit of procrastination, I cannot but rejoice that my own intentions have survived that which threatened their frustration, and that I have been permitted, though Jate, to redeem my pledge by the publication of these volumes.

Respecting the Works of Sir Thomas Browne, I need say the less here, because explanatory prefaces accompany the principal of them. Religio Medici, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, and the volume containing Hydriotaphia and the Garden of Cyrus, were published by himself; after his decease, and in consonance no doubt with his understood intentions, appeared the Miscellany Tracts, Letter to a Friend, Posthumous Works, and Christian Morals. The last of these, we are informed by his daughter, was “a continuation of his Religio Medici, drawn up in his elder years," and seems to have been left in readiness for the press. Of his lesser pieces he had probably intended to make a complete collection, and either publish, or leave them for publication in a revised form; for he has informed us himself that he had “ some miscellaneous tracts which might be published.”? The collection which was brought out by Abp. Tenison does not appear to me to have been so complete or so revised and arranged, as the author would have left it. Generally speaking, I have arranged the works according to the date of their publication ; deviating only occasionally in order to place similar subjects together. On this principle I have placed the Miscellany Tracts last, because the hitherto unpublished works which follow are also miscellaneous.

It will be expected that I should say a few words respecting the Life and CORRESPONDENCE, which occupy the first volume. The only original and authentic biographical materials which exist re

1 See last page of Supplementary Memoir, and Archdeacon Jeffery's Preface to the Christian Morals.

? Vol. i, p. 468.

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