Welcome to the Download page for the English language version of Agostino Scilla's book Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense. The translation has been funded through an Arts Council England Designation Development Fund grant.

This translation is based on the Italian language first edition of 1670. Illustrations have been digitised from a copy of the first edition and from Scilla's original drawings held in the Sedgwick Museum Archive.

Extensive use of hyperlinks has been made throughout this publication; it may be necessary to reconfigure your reader to navigate hyperlinks. 

This eBook is an 'evaluation version', please send any comments or corrections to sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk with 'Scilla' as the subject heading.

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