The Theory Of The Earth Containing an Account Of The Original of the Earth And Of All The General Changes Which it hath already undergone, Or Is To Undergo, Till the Consummation of all Things. Thomas Burnet.

The Theory Of The Earth Containing an Account Of The Original of the Earth And Of All The General Changes Which it hath already undergone, Or Is To Undergo, Till the Consummation of all Things

London: R, Norton, for Walter Kettilby, 1684. First English edition. leather_bound. 327 pages. folio, 31 x 20 cm. Engraved title, two double-page engraved plates, plus engravings in the text. This, his best known work originally published in Latin, "Telluris Theoria Sacra," in 1681, a treatise on speculative cosmogony proposing a hollow earth, most of the water inside until Noah's Flood at which time mountains and oceans appeared. Burnet was to an extent influenced by Descartes who had written on the creation of the earth in "Principia philosophiae," (1644). Isaac Newton admired Burnet's theological approach to geological processes. The ridge Dorsa Burnet on the Moon was named after him. Burnet's first book concerns the Deluge and Paradise, with the second concerning Primaeval Earth and Paradise. Small, early ink name ink names on title crossed out, some browning mostly marginal. Modern full calf in contemporary style, raised bands, red leather spine label. Very good. 2 vols. in one. Item #20953

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