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9 treatises in 13 vols. 8vo. xi, , 284; vi, 304; xvi, 375, ; xv, , 381, ; xvi, 368; xxxvii, , 593, ; vii, , 661, ; xvi, 599, ; vii, , 128; cv, , 412; viii, 542; xxv, , 570, ; vii, , xxii, -270 pp. All plates and engravings present; occasional light foxing to first and last few pages. Contemporary half black calf over marbled paper-backed boards, gilt-stamped spines and brown leather spine labels; extremities rubbed, some spine labels missing, corners showing. Armorial bookplates of Francis Frederick Fox; signature of John Usborne (vol. II). Very good. TITLE: The Bridgewater Treatises: On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Creation. Treatise I: On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Adaptation of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Constitution of Man by Thomas Chalmers. Treatise II: On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man. Principally with Reference to the Supply of His Wants and the Exercise of His Intellectual Faculties by John Kidd. Treatise III: On Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by William Whewell. Treatise IV: The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design by Charles Bell. Treatise V: Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by Peter Mark Roget. Treatise VI: Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by William Buckland. Treatise VII: On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Creation of Animals and in Their History, Habits, and Instincts by William Kirby. Treatise VIII: Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by William Prout. The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise: A Fragment by Charles Babbage. William Pickering, 1833-1839 [Treatises I-VIII], London: John Murray, 1838 [Treatise IX]. [end title] A mixed set of the nine Bridgewater Treatises uniformly and attractively bound. The works here present are in various editions, and some in two volumes, as follows: I, Chalmers: Third edition. 2 vols.; II, Kidd: Second edition; III, Whewell: Seventh edition; IV, Bell: Fourth edition; V, Roget: Second edition. 2 vols.; VI, Buckland: 2 vols.; VII, Kirby: Second edition. 2 vols.; VIII, Prout: Second edition; IX, Babbage: Second edition. The Bridgewater Treatises "derive their origin and their title from the Rev. Francis Henry Egerton, eighth and last Earl of Bridgewater," who left in his will money and instructions for the assembly of a group of scholars to write a collection of treatises demonstrating and arguing for the "Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Creation" (Gerard). "The selection of writers was somewhat severely criticized at the time, and the treatises are undoubtedly of unequal merit, but several of them took a high rank in apologetic literature, the best known being probably those by Buckland, Bell, and Whewell" (Gerard). The differences between the writers' arguments foreshadow the direction of contemporary apologists, whose arguments generally hinge upon "the note of law and order stamped everywhere upon the universe, inorganic no less than organic" (Gerard). For example, Whewell eloquently examines and explores the laws of nature as a means by which a Creator may be discerned, but Prout opens his treatise with the rather perplexing argument that since animals in cold climates have fur, and since men dress in fur in cold weather, someone must have dressed the animals in fur before placing them in cold climates. PROVENANCE: Francis Frederick Fox (1833-1915) was an oil and colour merchant from Brislington, UK. He was president of the Grateful Society In 1869, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers in 1878-79 and Sheriff in 1880. He was Justice of the Peace for Gloucestershire, and an Alderman for the city from 1865 ("Francis Frederick Fox 1833-1915"). He authored: Some account of the Ancient fraternity of merchant taylors of Bristol, (1880); The History of the Parishes of Old Sodbury and of Little Sodbury, and of the Town of Chipping Sodbury, in the County of Gloucester (1907); Roods and Rood-lofts (1900); History of the Gloucestershire Society (1899). "Francis Frederick Fox 1833-1915," Dave Napier History of Bristol, available on-line; Gerard, John, "Bridgewater Treatises," The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907.
Title: The Bridgewater Treatises: On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Creation.
Publisher: London:, William Pickering, 1833-1839.: 1833
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