1647. London: Matthew Simmons, 1647.
2 parts in one, sm. 4to, 2 in 1. , 155, , 28, +  ad pp, errata leaf. With folding engraved chart of The Figure of The Philosophique Globe, or Eye of ye Wonders of Eternity, or Looking Glass of Wisdom. Original calf ruled in blind, small old paper shelf labels on backstrip. Bookplate of the Macclesfield South Library (Sapere Aude) and shelf mark 165 b 18. Early ink signature "Jo. Boseweth" on title, blind-stamped crest on title-page almost invisible.
§ Jakob Böhme was a German philosopher, Christian mystic, and Lutheran Protestant theologian. In one interpretation of Böhme's cosmology (as represented in the engraved chart), it was necessary for humanity to return to God, and for all original unities to undergo differentiation, desire and conflict—as in the rebellion of Satan, the separation of Eve from Adam and their acquisition of the knowledge of good and evil—in order for creation to evolve to a new state of redeemed harmony that would be more perfect than the original state of innocence, allowing God to achieve a new self-awareness by interacting with a creation that was both part of, and distinct from, himself. Free will becomes the most important gift God gives to humanity, allowing us to seek divine grace as a deliberate choice while still allowing us to remain individuals. Institutional plate from South Library. Ownership mark on title page. Item #123189