Bibliographic and Editorial Note.
This version of the Works of "Aristotle, the Famous
Philosopher" is taken from a copy described on the title
page as "London: Published by the Booksellers", and on
the end-papers as "Printed and published by J. Coker &
Co., 208 Shoe Lane, London, E.C.4.". Vilely printed on
cheap wood-pulp paper, it is undated, but I would
estimate it between 1900 and 1925. Some of the
illustrations have been torn out. The "Family Physician"
which is a 19th-century addition, has been omitted.
Note on the recipes
The edition has a great many misprints. As far as I
can I have corrected these, but in some cases, especially
in the many mixtures and potions, I have often been
unable to tell what the ingredient is supposed to be.
Senugreek is presumably fenugreek and sennel is fennel --
apparently the compositor was working from an edition
printed with long s's -- and quinceys are quinces. But
what are elephang, landant, melanchum, negalia, pilloch,
and lots of others? They are not in the Oxford English
Dictionary. In these cases I have reproduced them as is.
I sincerely hope no one will be foolish enough to try to
make and use these remedies.
THE FAMOUS PHILOSOPHER
I. -- His Complete Masterpiece.
II. -- His Experienced Midwife.
III. -- His Book of Problems.
IV. -- His Remarks on Physiognomy.
V. -- The Family Physician.
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TO THE READER
To say that ARISTOTLE, the learned author of the
following sheets, was reported to be the most learned
philosopher in the world, is no more than what every
intelligent person already knows; nor can any think
otherwise who will give themselves time to consider that
he was the scholar of Plato (the wisest philosopher of
his time) and under whom Aristotle profited so much, that
he was chosen by King Philip of Macedon as the most
worthy and proper person in his dominions to be tutor to
his son Alexander, by whose wise precepts and
instructions Alexander became master of so great wisdom,
judgment, powers, and magnanimity, that he justly
obtained the title of the Great. Alexander himself was so
sensible of the advantage he received from the
instructions of so great a Stagirite (for so Aristotle
was called from the country of Stagira, where he was
born) that he often declared he was more beholden to his
tutor, Aristotle, for the cultivation of his mind, than
to Philip, his father, for the kingdom of Macedon.
Though Aristotle applied himself to the
investigations of the secrets of Nature, yet he was
pleased to bring into a fuller and more true light those
secrets with respect to the generation of man. This he
styled his MASTERPIECE; and in this he has made so
thorough a search, that he has as it were turned nature
The divine record assures us that the secrets of
Nature have been the study of divers illustrious persons
equally renowned for wisdom and goodness; the first of
whom, Job, has made it sufficiently evident by that
excellent philosophical account he gives of the
generation of man, in the tenth chapter of the book which
bears his name; where he says, "Thine hands hath made me,
and fashioned me together round about; Thou has poured me
out as milk, and curdled me like cheese; Thou hast
clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with
bones and sinews." David, one of the greatest kings of
israel, whose piety was superior to his power, being
peculiarly styled a man after God's own heart, says, in
his divine soliloquies to his Creator, "Thou hast covered
me in my mother's womb; I will praise Thee; for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Thy works,
and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not
hid from Thee when I was in secret, and curiously wrought
in the lowest parts of the earth; Thine eye did see my
substance, yet being imperfect; and in Thy book all my
members were written, which in continuance were
fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
Let the words of holy Job and those of David be put
together, and I will not scruple to affirm that they make
the most accurate system of philosophy respecting the
generation of man that has ever yet been penned;
therefore, why should not the mysteries of Nature be
inquired into without censure, since, from this inquiry,