Book by Born, Ignaz, Edler Von; Joannis Physiophili Opuscula. 1784

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Born, Ignaz, Edler Von; Joannis Physiophili Opuscula. Continent Monachologiam, Accusationem Physiophili, Defensionem Physiophili, Anatomiam Monachi. Collegit, edidit et Praefatus est P. Aluysius Martius. Augustae Vindelicorum (Augsburg), Sumtibus editoris, 1784. Octavo, pp. 8, 117, 6 engraved plates depicting the clothing of Jesuit monks.

In contemporary marbled boards, with gilt spine label, tipped in rear are five additional pages of notes titled "Appendix" in an early pen. A very clean crisp bright copy of a rare work by Born.

This is the rare 2nd edition of Born's "Monachologia", an anticlerical parody on a Jesuit monk, a human species of "deceivingly human appearance, but vastly different from a man". He introduces his satire with a passage from Linnaeus "De noxa insectorum". Born applies a satirical pseudo-scholarly pretentiousness in his dealing with the exterior and interior qualities defining a Jesuit monk. He describes him as an anthropomorphic animal, hooded, lamenting at night and starving himself. The various orders of Jesuits are classified according to a system modeled after Linneaus. Born was for a short time a Jesuit in his early youth and left that order after becoming very embittered. He became a dedicated Freemason and remained anti-Jesuit for the remainder of his life.