Derham, William. Physico-Theology

William Derham

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Derham, William. Physico-Theology: Or, a Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God, From His Works of Creation, Volume 2

London: W. Innys, 1749. Hardback 12mo; 11th edition. Volume 2 only. Pp [i-iv], 1-304, followed by engraved plate and 14-page Table of the Principal Matters Contain’d in this Book. Calf with gilt double rule to perimeters of front and rear boards; spine consisting of five panels with gilt double rules to top and bottom of each panel, separated by raised bands, with gilt numeral 2 in third band; engraved frontispiece illustrating quotation from Psalms 104: 24. Condition: Good. Boards rubbed through at extremities and split from spine, though still held by binding stitches; much loss to original gilding; leather flaking from spine; tailband mostly detached; previous bookseller’s label to ffep; title page soiled; occasional foxing throughout; foldout engraved plate has been misfolded and has a two-inch closed tear. $75

William Derham (1657-1735) was an English clergyman and scientist. Physico-Theology, first published in 1713, “with large Notes, and many curious Observations,” describes in a lively style the attributes of God as shown by natural phenomena such as “the Cloathing of Animals,” “Insects Care of their Young,” “the Stomach of Birds,” etc.   

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