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DANEAU, LAMBERT
THE WONDERFULL WOORKMANSHIP OF THE WORLD: WHERIN IS CONTEINED AN EXCELLENT DISCOURSE OF CHRISTIAN NATURALL PHILOSOPHIE . . . SPECIALLY GATHERED OUT OF THE FOUNTAINES OF HOLY SCRIPTUR
[Printed by John Kingston] for Andrew Maunsell, London, 1578. 189 x 134 mm. (7 3/8 x 5 1/4"). [4], 87, [1] leaves (with foliation errors, but complete).Translated from the Latin by Thomas Twyne. First Edition in English. Retrospective half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, red morocco label. Title with woodcut ornament, head- and tail-pieces, many decorative initials. Printed in black letter. Front pastedown with Macclesfield bookplate for the South library; title with inscription in ink "Dulcius ex ipso fonte bibuntur aquae" ["Sweetly the waters have been drunk from the fountain itself']; a couple of contemporary annotations in ink (one slightly shaved); numerous marginal readers' marks in ink and pencil. STC 6231; ESTC S105155. Paper a shade or two less than bright, title somewhat soiled, a dark stain affecting the upper corner of ff. 24-28 (touching text but all is legible), but overall a very good, clean copy in a pleasing new binding. This is the first appearance in English of Daneau's 1576 "Physica Christiana," the foundational work of "Mosaic physics," which attempted to reconcile the account of creation in Genesis with scientific knowledge of the natural world in order to create a "Christian natural philosophy." Though obviously theological in origin, "Christian Physics" is nevertheless substantially a work of natural history, generally adopting the Aristotelian and Copernican worldview then prevalent. The first of two parts is a disquisition on creation, a long Socratic dialogue on the meaning of the opening chapters of Genesis. The second part, which occupie … [Click Below for Full Description]
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