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1760 FRENCH EDITION OF TREATISE BY DUTCH PHYSICIAN AND PHILOSOPHER ARGUING FOR NATURE AS EVIDENCE FOR THE EXISENCE OF GOD, ILLUSTRATED BY COPPER PLATE ENGRAVINGS. 10 inches tall hardcover, full leather binding, spine with raised bands, tooled gilt compartments, gilt title on red leather label, edges stained red, marbled endpapers, institutional library bookplate to front paste-down, , engraved frontis, red and black printed title page, , engraved portrait of author, 1-584, , 28 folding engraved plates. Covers worn, joints cracked, hinges starting, front flyleaf and half title loose, small wormhole affecting first and last leaves, browning to frontis and portrait, text pages binding of plates loose. Some plates are misfolded, but all are clean with good impressions. A complete and good copy of this unusual book, in custom mylar archival cover. The plates depict human anatomy, musculoskeletal dynamics, machines, optics, physiology of hearing, hydraulics, vulcanology, astronomy, animal locomotion, plant germination, plant anatomy, ballistics, navigation. BERNARD NIEUWENTIJT (1654 - 1718) was a Dutch philosopher, mathematician, physician, magistrate, mayor (of Purmerend), and theologian. As a philosopher, Nieuwentyt was a follower of Descartes and an opponent of Spinoza. He wrote several books (in Dutch) including his chief work Het regt gebruik der werelt beschouwingen, ter overtuiginge van ongodisten en ongelovigen [The True Use of Contemplating the World] (1715), which argued for the existence of God and attacked Spinoza. It went through several editions (1715, 1717, 1720, 1725, 1730, 1740) published by Joannes Pauli, and was translated into English as The religious philosopher, or the right use of contemplating the works of the Creator (1718) and into French as De l'existence de Dieu demontre par les merveilles de la nature, ou traite teleologique dirige contre la doctrine de Spinoza par un medecin hollandais. Voltaire owned a copy of this book, and it was an influence on William Paley, to the extent that in 1859 Robert Blakey could make a detailed argument for plagiarism by Paley.
Title: L'Existence de Dieu Demontree par les Merveilles de la Nature en Trois Parties; Ou l'on Traite de la Structure du Corps de l'Homme, des Elemens, des Astres, et de Leurs Divers Effets
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstee and Merkus: 1760
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 885
Keywords: plates; religion; science; medicine; anatomy; astronomy; geology; geography; navigation; microscopy; physics