An examination of Dr. Burnet's Theory of the earth: with some remarks on Mr. Whiston's ... An examination of Dr. Burnet's Theory of the earth: with some remarks on Mr. Whiston's ... An examination of Dr. Burnet's Theory of the earth: with some remarks on Mr. Whiston's ...

An examination of Dr. Burnet's Theory of the earth: with some remarks on Mr. Whiston's New theory of the earth. Also an examination of the reflections on the theory of the earth; And A Defence of the Remarks on Mr. Whiston's New Theory. By J. Keill, A. M. of Balliol College, Oxon. The second edition corrected, and all the Figures (25 in Number) Engraved on Copper Plates. To the whole is annexed a dissertatio on the different figures of the coelestial bodies, &c. With a Summary Exposition of the Cartesian and Newtonian Systems. By Mons. de Maupertuis, Fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Royal Academy in Paris

KEILL, John

Published by Printed for and sold by H. Clements, near the Theatre in Oxford; and S.Harding, on the Pavement in St. Martin's Lane, London, [Oxford?], 1734
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8vo: [8],347,[1]; 67,[1]pp, with 25 copper-engraved figures on 13 numbered folding plates. In two parts, the second, Maupertuis's dissertation, with separate pagination. Contemporary Cambridge-style calf paneled blind, spine in six compartments with center gilt lozenge in each between raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, plain period end papers with nineteenth century manuscript record of Isaac Rufsell's decendants, beginning on back paste down with "Isaac Rufsell His Book / November 14, 1809," continuing on front fly leaf, recto and verso (under heading "The list of John Rufsell's children in Pevensey Marsh), and ending on front paste down with "Emar Rufsell Was Bornd / May 10 1852 baptized (?) June 13th." (Pevensey Marsh is a village in the Wealden district of East Sussex.) An excellent, clean, crisp, wide-margined copy in handsome period binding. ESTC: T122602. Second Edition, corrected, of Keill's first work, "an attack on the cosmogonical treatises about the world's creation then being widely debated by many members of the Royal Society" (DSB VII, p. 275), orginally published in 1698. Keill "used Burnet's Sacred Theory of the Earth as an occasion to attack modern 'world-makers' who endeavour to show 'how, by the necessary laws of Mechanisme, without any extraordinary concurrence of the Divine Power, the world and all that therein is might have been produced'. Blaming in the most contemptuous terms the great French philosopher René Descartes for this trend, Keill also attacks [Spinoza, Thomas Hobbes, and others] before focusing his attention on Burnet. . . . Although Keill praises Newton and his refutation of Descartes, and sees Newton's philosophy as the only one which is based upon observation and calculation, he does not attempt to substitute a Newtonian account of the Noachian flood for Burnet's ['atheistic'] Cartesian account. He simply insists that 'a much easier and shorter account' can be given by referring to the 'Omnipotent hand of God, who can do whatsoever he pleases'. . . . In the following year Keill published an Examination of the Reflections on the Theory of the Earth, in response to an anonymous defender of Burnet, and A Defense of the Remarks Made on Mr. Whiston's New Theory, in response to Whiston himself." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1067

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Title: An examination of Dr. Burnet's Theory of the...

Publisher: Printed for and sold by H. Clements, near the Theatre in Oxford; and S.Harding, on the Pavement in St. Martin's Lane, London, [Oxford?]

Publication Date: 1734

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Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Second Edition.

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