Edmund Chilmead


Edmund Chilmead

Edmund Chilmead (1610-19 February, 1654) was an English writer and translator, who produced both scholarly works and hack writing. He is also known as a musician [ [http://www.hoasm.org/IVM/Chilmead.html HOASM: Edmund Chilmead ] ] .

He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1631. He became a chaplain (canon) of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1632, from where he was ejected in 1648.

He produced the "editio princeps" of the "Chronographia" of Malalas [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08466c.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: John Malalas ] ] . He translated:

*Robert Hues's "Tractatus de globis" ("A Learned Treatise of Globes," 1639)
*the "De Monarchia Hispanica" of Tommaso Campanella [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03221b.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Tommaso Campanella ] ] ("Discourse Touching the Spanish Monarchy," 1654)
*Jacques Ferrand on 'erotic melancholy' [ [http://asterion.revues.org/docannexe.html?id=123 PDF] , in French, p. 1; published in 1640 as "Erotomania or a Treatise Discoursing of the Essence, Causes, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Cure of Love, or Erotique Melancholy."] ,
*the "Riti Ebraici" of Leon of Modena ("The history of the rites, customes, and manner of life, of the present Jews, throughout the world,' 1650)
*the "Curiositez" of Jacques Gaffarel [ [http://cura.free.fr/docum/10catEK.html Bibliographie Astrologique : Catalogue Alphabétique des Textes Astrologiques Français (C.A.T.A.F.) - par Jacques Halbronn ] ] , ("Unheard-of Curiosities Concerning the Talismanical Sculpture of the Persians," 1650)

and other works. He produced a catalogue of the Greek manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. He was a clerical defender of astrology [Keith Thomas, "Religion and the Decline of Magic" (1971), p. 451 of Penguin edition.] , in his translation of Gaffarel.

Anthony Wood described him as "a choice mathematician, a noted critic, and one that understood several tongues, especially the Greek, very well" (Wood, "Ath. Oxon.," 3.350–51)

References

*"Concise Dictionary of National Biography"
*Mordechai Feingold, Penelope M. Gouk, "An early critique of Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum: Edmund Chilmead's treatise on sound", Annals of Science, Volume 40, Issue 2 March 1983 , pp. 139-157

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