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The Primitive Origination of Mankind, 1677  

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The Primitive Origination of Mankind Considered and Examined According to the Light of Nature

Hale, Matthew


William Shrowsbery



[10], 380 pp. Copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. (4to) 32x20 cm (12½x8"), modern half polished-calf with marbled paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gilt on blue morocco spine labels, raised bands, fresh endpapers, all edges gilt. First Edition.

Sir Matthew Hale SL was an influential English barrister, judge and lawyer most noted for his treatise Historia Placitorum Coronæ, or The History of the Pleas of the Crown. Wing, R17451.

"This text explores mankind's origins, as considered and examined in light of nature, with particular emphasis on the following parts and assertions: I. That according to the light of nature and natural reason, the visible world was not eternal, but had a beginning; II. That if there could be any imaginable doubt thereof, yet by the necessary evidence of natural light it does appear that mankind had a beginning, and that the successive generations of men were in their original form; III. That this truth is evident by demonstrative reason and arguments; IV. That there are moral evidences of the truth of this assertion, which are herein particularly expanded and examined; V. That those great philosophers that asserted this origination of mankind, both ancient and modern, that rendered it by hypothesis different from that of Moses, were mistaken--here the hypotheses of Aristotle, Plato, and others are examined, and the absurdity and impossibility of their theories are detected; VI. That the current author's theory explaining the creation of man and of the world, in general, abstractly considered without relation to the divine inspiration of the writer, is according to reason, and preferable to the sentiments of other philosophers; and VII. That the author has concluded the whole of this work with certain corollaries and deductions, necessarily flowing from the things thus asserted, as well touching the existence, the wisdom, power, and providence of Almighty God, as touching both the duty and happiness of mankind"--Foreword.

Lot Amendments

A few minor abrasions to spine labels, light rubbing; a bit of soil to title page, light ripple to pages, gilt edges fading; very good or better.

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