Knowledge of the world was based on holy scripture during the Middle Ages in Europe. The Renaissance reintroduced translations of classical texts describing direct observations of the natural world. By the Enlightenment, there was a split between knowledge based on science versus explanations based on faith. Special Collections contains limited but pertinent holdings that document these enriching challenges to human understanding.
Frontispage to The Historie of the World in Five Books, by Sir Walter Raleigh, 1614. Regis owns the 11th edition, printed in 1736 which includes a biography of his life by "Mr. Olys" and a transcript of Raleigh’s trial and conviction.
A scientific laboratory from The Histoire Naturelle, Generale et Particuliere, by George louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, 1746.
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