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Author Dunton, John, 1659-1733.
Title Athenian sport, or, Two thousand paradoxes merrily argued, to amuse and divert the age : a paradox in praise of a paradox. Corporeal affections remain after separation ... The loving shrew, or The kindest women are the most cruel ; and so on, to the defence of 2000 paradoxes (or pleasant theses) which seem strange, and contrary to the common opinion : with improvements from the Honourable Mr. Boyle, Lock, Norris, Collier, Crowley, Dryden, Garth, Addison, and other illustrious wits / by a member of the Athenian Society.
Publication Info. London : Printed for B. Bragg in Pater-noster-Row, 1707.
Location Call No. Status
 Rare Books Medium  Z-M D9275 A7    IN LIBRARY
Description [4], v-xxxii, 544 p. ; 20 cm. (8⁰)
Note "The Eye beholds as much when it looks on a Shilling, as when it speculates the whole Heaven. Inconstancy is a most commendable Virtue. Every Man is corporally born twice. No Man sees but he that is stark blind. The Restor'd Maidenhead, or a marry'd Woman may be twice a Virgin. Athenian, or Intellectual, Sport is the Recreation of Pre-Existent Spirits. 'tis the Pleasantest Life to be always in Danger. The same numerical Voice of a Preacher is not heard by any two of his Auditors. What we call Life, is Natural Death. Content is the greatest Misery. He is the Happiest Man who has neither Mony nor Friend. Fruition's nothing, or a Paradox proving there's no Pleasure in Copulation. To imprison a Debtor is to set him at Liberty. Green come from the Dead, or no Man lives but he that is Hang'd. The Virgin-Paradox, or a Young Lady may Love and Hate the same Person at the same Time. The Loving Shrew, or the Kindest Women are the most Cruel. And so on, to the Defence of 2000 Paradoxes (or Pleasant Theses) which seem Strange, and Contrary to the Common Opinion. With Improvements from the Honourable Mr. Boyle, Lock, Norris Collier, Cowley, Dryden, Garth, Addison, and other Illustrious Wit."
Preface signed: Philaret, a member of Athens, i.e. John Dunton.
Title within double-rule border; half-title within single rules; subtitle printed in two columns.
Indexed In: ESTC T93435
Note Signatures: A⁸ a⁸ B-2M⁸.
Verse and prose.
Library copy imperfect, lacking all after p. 542 (leaf 2M8). Rebound; trimmed to 19 cm.; original ex-libris and Notice by the Trustees covered with new end-papers. Listed in 1791 catalogue, p. 82, 8⁰; in the First ledger as Athenia [sic] sport. Borrowed by Catharine Bradford on January 30th, 1792 and returned on the 31st. ZNS
Subject Paradoxes -- Early works to 1800.
English wit and humor -- Early works to 1800.
Genre or Form Contemporary bindings (Binding) -- 1707-1791. ZNS
Added Author Bragge, Benjamin, bookseller.
Maverick, P. R. (Peter Rushton), 1755-1811, engraver. ZNS
Bradford, Catharine, 1742-1822, reader. ZNS
New York Society Library. Catalog. 1791. ZNS
New York Society Library. Trustees. Notice. ZNS
New York Society Library. Charging ledger. 1789-1792. ZNS
City Readers: Digital Historic Collections (New York Society Library)
Note Half title: Athenian sport : or Two thousand paradoxes merrily argued, to amuse and divert the age
Added Title Two thousand paradoxes merrily argued, to amuse and divert the age
2000 paradoxes merrily argued, to amuse and divert the age