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HALE, Matthew (1609-1676)
The primitive origination of mankind, considered and examined according to the light of nature. Written by the Honourable Sir Matthew Hale Knight: late chief justice of His Majesties court of King's Bench
London: printed by William Godbid, for William Shrowsbery at the sign of the Bible in Duke-Lane, MDCLXXVII. [1677]. First Edition of Hale's defense of the Mosaic account of the single origin of all peoples. Folio: [10],380pp, with portrait frontispiece (signed: F. H.. Van. Houe: sculp.), three tables, and two small woodcut diagrams in the text. A handsome presentation bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine divided into six richly gilt compartments by raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, marbled fore-edge, plain period end papers. Nath. Cholmley's engraved armorial bookplate to front paste down (one of the Yorkshire Cholmleys; his name appears in various 18th-century records, including the manuscripts of the Earl of Dartmouth, the History of Whitby, where he is identified as lord of the manor of Whitby (1779), and in A Picture of Whitby and its environs, where he is credited with erecting the "elegant town-hall," in 1788). Bibliophile Hugh Selbourne's (1906-1973) discreet ownership stamp to blank verso of title page. An excellent copy, binding firm, contents clean and crisp, short worm trail to ton inside corner of preliminary leaves (not affecting text), few scattered rust spots, very occasional foxing, else an exceptionally bright, wide-margined copy. Wing H258. Garrison-Morton 215. Norman 965. Lowndes 973. ¶ Hale's "most celebrated religious treatise. . . . The Primitive Origination argues for the creation of the human race by an intelligent agent; its arguments touch on numerous topics, including the impossibility of an infinite succession, the character o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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