Complete set of eight works in twelve volumes, ex-libris Benjamin Collins Brodie, including two presentation copies, several sig
Bridgewater Treatises. Complete set of the Bridgewater Treatises, consisting of works by Chalmers, Kidd, Whewell, Charles Bell, Roget, Buckland, Kirby & Prout. 8 works in 12 volumes. Plates; text illustrations. London: Pickering, 1833-36. 222 x 140 mm. Original cloth, printed paper spine labels (worn & chipped), extremities worn, some hinges cracking. Lightly browned, occasional foxing, but very good overall. Ex-libris Benjamin Collins Brodie (1783-1862; see below), with his bookplate in all volumes and his signature in two; in addition, Roget's and Prout's works have presentation inscriptions from their authors. Recent owner's signature, dated 1944, in pencil in all volumes.
Mixed set, consisting of First Editions of Chalmers's Adaptation of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Constitution of Man (1833); Roget's Animal and Vegetable Physiology (1834); Buckland's Geology and Mineralogy (1836); Kirby's History, Habits and Instincts of Animals (1835); and Prout's Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion (1834). Second edition of Whewell's Astronomy and General Physics, Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1833); Third editions of Kidd's Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man (1834) and Bell's The Hand: Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design (1834).
The Bridgewater Treatises, endowed by the estate of the Earl of Bridgewater in 1829, were devoted to demonstrating "the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation," and represent a continuation of the British tradition of natural theology established in the seventeenth century by John Ray and others. The original owner of this set was the renowned British orthopedist Benjamin Collins Brodie, author of the classic Pathological and Surgical Observations on the Diseases of the Joints (G-M 4311).
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