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The Divine Legation of Moses
- London - Fletcher Gyles, 1738 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. Crudely rebacked with original calf leather boards. This is 2 volumes of a 3 volume set - the third volume containing books V and VI is missing. Vol. I is a second edition and Vol. II is a first edition. Vol. II is alsoillustrated with woodcut plates, two of them folding. William Warburton (1698 1779), was an English critic and churchman, Bishop of Gloucester from 1759. His best-known, work, Divine Legation of Moses demonstrated on the Principles of a Religious Deist, preserves his name as the author of the most daring and ingenious of theological paradoxes. The deists had made the absence of any inculcation of the doctrine of a future life an objection to the divine authority of the Mosaic writings. Warburton boldly admitted the fact and turned it against the adversary by maintaining that no merely human legislator would have omitted such a sanction of morality. The author's extraordinary power, learning and originality were acknowledged on all hands, though he excited censure and suspicion by his tenderness to the alleged heresies of Conyers Middleton. The book aroused much controversy. Condition: The bindings are firm and all covers are attached. The front and rear inner hinges have been strengthened with tape. There is some wear to the extremities, including some chips and rubbing to the boards. The corners are also chipped and bumped and there is the remains of some clear tape to the spines. Internally the books are clean and bright apart from some isolated spots and handling marks. There is some isolated water staining to the bottom corner of the first few pages of text to Vol. I, and some water staining to all the pages of Vol. II. There are three ownership plates to both front paste downs, and some ink initials to the front blank end papers of both volumes..
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