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The Darknes of Atheism Dispelled by the Light of Nature. A Physico-Theologicall Treatise
Printed By J.F. For William Lee, London 1652 - [50], 35pp, [1]. Lacking portrait frontispiece, A1. Signature E misbound, but all leaves of text present. Contemporary calf, recornered in modern calf, and rebacked in modern leatherette, gilt. Recent endpapers. FEP with bookplate of David Arthur Pailin, early eighteenth-century ink inscription to blank fly: 'Bought for Willeilmas Whyte.01L, 00s, 00d', dated 1707, later ink inscription of 'James Brown his book' to further blank-fly. Some soiling and damp-staining to text at front and end, else a crisp copy with the edges apparently trimmed on recent rebacking. The author's first original publication, The Darknes of Atheism proved to be the first and most ambitious of three atomists works by Walter Charleton (1620-1707), English royal Physician-in-ordinary and natural philosopher. Charleton studied at Magdelen Hall, Oxford under John Wilkins, who likely introduced him to natural philosophy. The Darknes of Atheism is one of the earliest English justifications of Christian faith based on natural philosophy, and demonstrates that Charleton was familiar with the recent scientific discoveries and propositions put forward by Descartes, Gassendi (who is referenced in the author's preface, and introduced to an English audience by Charleton in 1654) and Thomas Hobbes. Wing C3668. [Attributes: First Edition]
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