[CHARLETON, Walter (1619-1707)]
Two Discourses. I. Concerning the Different Wits of Men. II. Of the Mysterie of Vintners
London: printed by R. W. for William Whitwood, 1669. Two parts in one, as issued, 8vo. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches). [2, blank], , 230, [2, blank]pp. Contemporary manuscript marginalia.
Provenance: Henry Osborne (early signature and inscription); Thomas Vernon MD (engraved armorial bookplate)
"Locke is supposed to have taken several of his ideas from the first discourse" (Lowndes). A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the author here posits that the size and shape of one's brain determines their talents. The second discourse is devoted to wine, in particular methods for preventing its putrefaction, together with "Some Observations on the Ordering of Wines" by Christopher Merret. "Contains wine recipes, and advice on how to 'help wine with an ill flavour,' and other wine related advice ... all sorts of concoctions are suggested to revive sour and ill tasting wines" (Gabler).
Cagle 597; ESTC R740; Gabler G15600; Wing C694; cf. Bitting p. 83.