London: William Pickering; John Murray.
Second Edition; Published Date: 1837
220 x 140 mm (9 x 6 inches) - [5365pp].
Brown half-leather covers over marbled boards
G/G- : in Good condition or Good condition minus, without dust jackets. Condition varying from G to G-. Contents all G+ to G. Gutter starting in two volumes and gutter cracked in Babbage volume. Most volumes have lost leather title-plates. Ex-library from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Aem.
The Bridgewater Treatises were commisioned by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater, upon his deathbed, to "Explore the Power and Wisdom and Goodness of God as Manifested in the Creation". There were originally eight treatises, though Charles Babbage wrote a ninth.
1 "The Adaptation of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Condition of Man", by Thomas Chalmers. 1833
2 "On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of man", by John Kidd. 1833
3 "Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology", by William Whewell. Second edition 1833.
4 "The Hand, its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design", by Charles Bell. 1833.
5 "Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology", by Peter Mark Roget. 1834.
6 "Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology", by William Buckland. 1836. With hand-coloured pull-out plate.
7 " On the History, Habits and Instincts of Animals", by William Kirby. 1835.
8 "Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion, Considered with Reference to Natural Theology", by William Prout. 1834.
9 "A Fragment" by Charles Babbage. 1837, published by John Murray.
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