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  • Sold Date: Jun 13, 2014
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Natural Theology Or Evidences Of The Existence And Attributes Of The Deity . By William Paley. A new edition. Published by S. Andrus & Son Hartford 1847. 334 pages. 22 Illustrations in front of book. Text is very small, each page has thin border and text is centered with justified text. Unusual design.

Leather covers are detached but present. Leather is worn with soiling, peeling on spine. Front endpaper is detached but attached to cover. There is a crack in binding around page 99. Fragile good possibility that it will spilt in two with handling. On the pages with the illustrations you can see faint images from other pages. This is more evident in photos than in person. Pages are slightly yellowed with very minor discolorations, some area have darkened from age. Pages have a slight ripple to them.

William Paley (1743-1805) argues for the existence of God as the intelligent creator of the world in this, his last book, published in 1802. He builds on early modern natural theology including the works of John Ray, William Derham, and Bernard Nieuwentyt, and most of his examples are taken from medicine and natural history. Paley uses analogy and metaphors, including a particularly well-written version of the 'watchmaker analogy', to prove that the world is designed and sustained by God. This sixth edition
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