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Geology and Mineralogy.
London: William Pickering,, 1836. Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. 2 volumes, octavo (221 x 140 mm). Contemporary full tree calf, raised bands and rich gilt decoration to spines, red and green labels, elaborate gilt border to covers, board edges gilt, remains of cloth page markers, marbled endpapers and edges. 87 plates, of which 6 folding, one large hand-coloured. Bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt to front pastedowns. A few scuff marks to covers. Otherwise a fine pair. First edition of this seminal geological treatise, which lays out Buckland's theories on deistic evolution and progressive creationism. The sixth Bridgwater Treatise, this work was written at the bequest of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater in order to explore "the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in Creation". Never a biblical literalist, "it could be argued that more than anyone else he [Buckland] was responsible for making geology, and in particular the concept of 'deep time', acceptable to the Anglican establishment centred on Oxford, and so for paving the way for the Darwinian revolution" (ODNB).
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