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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1908 edition. Excerpt: ...to make the brain transparent, the trunk
and organs shall be so much the grosser: instead of porcelain, they
are potter's earth, clay, or mud. In modern times, no such
remarkable example of this introverted mind has occurred, as in
Emanuel Swedenborg, born in Stockholm, in 1688. This man, who
appeared to his contemporaries a visionary, and elixir of
moonbeams, no doubt led the most real life of any man then in the
world: and now, when the royal and ducal Frederics, Cristierns, and
Brunswicks, of that day, have slid into oblivion, he begins to
spread himself into the minds of thousands. As happens in great
men, he seemed, by the variety and amount of his powers, to be a
composition of several persons, --like the giant fruits which are
matured in gardens by the union of four or five single blossoms.
His frame is on a larger scale, and possesses the advantages of
size. As it is easier to see the reflection of the great sphere in
large globes, though defaced by some crack or blemish, than in
drops of water, so men of large calibre, though with some
eccentricity or madness, like Pascal or Newton, help us more than
balanced mediocre minds. His youth and training could not fail to
be extraordinary. Such a boy could not whistle or dance, but goes
grubbing into mines and mountains, prying into chemistry and
optics, physiology, mathematics, and astronomy, to find images fit
for the measure of his versatile and capacious brain. He was a
scholar from a child, and was educated at Upsala. At the age of
twenty-eight he was made Assessor of the Board of Mines, by Charles
XII. In 1716, he left home for four years, and visited the
universities of England, Holland, France, and Germany. He performed
a notable feat of engineering in 1718, at the siege of...
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