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CUMBERLAND, Richard (1631--1718)
[De legibus naturae disquisitio philosophica. English]
A treatise of the laws of nature. By the Right Reverend Father in God, Richard Cumberland, Lord Bishop of Peterborough. Made English from the Latin by John Maxwell, M.A. ... To which is prefix'd, an introduction concerning the mistaken notions which the heathens had of the deity, and the defects in their morality, whence the usefulness of revelation may appear. At the end is subjoin'd, an appendix, containing two discourses, 1. Concerning the immateriality of thinking substance. 2. Concerning the obligation, promulgation, and observance, of the law of nature, by the translator.
London: printed by R. Phillips; and sold by J. Knapton, J. Senex, F. Fayram, J. Osborne, and T. Longman, and T. Osborne, 1727.
[28], clxviii, [2], 150, [2], 151--377, [1], 167, [23], xxviii p., [2] fold. pl. ; 28.3 cm. (4º)

Large paper copy. First edition of the translation of Cumberland's treatise De legibus naturae disquisitio philosophica. The original work was first published in 1672 as a response to Hobbes. With a list of subscribers. 'Two Introductory Essays. ...', 'A Philosophical Inquiry ...' and the appendix have divisional title-pages dated 1727 and separate paging. A variant has the date of publication omitted from the imprint. ESTC t97625.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s. on 13 May 1807. (Spiers Box). With Boone's annotation fine L.P. Copy =s6= and code in pencil on second and third front free-endpapers.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments with coronet motif, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3887


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