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A Lecture On Earthquakes; read in the Chapel in the Harvard-College in Cambridge, N.E., November 26th 1755. On the Occasion of the Great Earthquake Which Shook New England the Week Before
Edes & Gill, Boston 1755 - 8vo (8 ½ x6), later ¾ morocco and marbled boards, 38 pp., half title present. Text detached from binding, some edge wear, half title detached, two leaves with repaired tears, light soiling; otherwise very good. This is a very rare pamphlet on earthquakes (no copies currently listed on the internet). The lecture and pamphlet on the subject was the result of a significant earthquake that did considerable damage to Boston on November 18, 1755. Winthrop (1714-1779) is generally considered a pioneer in the science of seismology. He computed the wave-like motion and speed of earthquakes, and established the direction and epicenter of the quake. He also emerged victorious in a controversial debate with the prominent Boston minister Thomas Prince, who insisted that “earthquakes were manifestations of God’s wrath”, and denied the role of natural causes. Winthrop would become an important official at Harvard, and strongly supported the Revolutionary cause. Evans 8522. Sabin 104857. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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