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December 1, 2023: Premier Americana – Day One

Fri, Dec 1, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 1286


Estimate: $200 - $300
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ANTIQUARIAN THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY VOLUMES, LOT OF TWO, comprising (1) Thomas Burnet, The Theory of the Earth: Containing an Account of the Original of the Earth, and of all the General Changes Which it hath already undergone, or is to undergo Till the Consummation of all Things, 3rd edition, London: Printed by R.N. for Walter Kettilby, 1697; and (2) Voltaire, The Elements of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy By Mr. Voltaire. Translated from the French. Revised and Corrected by John Hanna, M.A., London: Stephen Austen, 1738. Burnet with hardcovers having embossed designs, raised bands on spine, engraved portrait frontispiece, title page, and two folding maps depicting the hemispheres, with one map showing California as an island. Voltaire with hardcovers, later replacement covering on spine, and at least six intact foldout diagrams and multiple illustrations in the text.
Catalogue Note: These volumes connect several key Enlightenment era figures. Burnet's controversial interpretation of the biblical flood in "The Theory of Earth" inspired correspondence with Isaac Newton. Newton's thinking strongly influenced Voltaire, who helped spread those ideas in Europe with "The Elements of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy": this first English edition of Voltaire's work was published the same year as the French edition.


Burnet in overall good condition, with extensive wear to covers and spine and very loose front board, staining at edges and margins of most pages, and losses at corners of at least two pages with one repaired. Foldouts, illustrations, and body of the text appear complete and in good condition. Voltaire in overall good condition, with replacement covering on spine, wear to boards, top quarter-inch cut from title page, "D'ACKLEY" embossed inside front cover and front and back pages, some staining at page edges and margins, and some foxing to interior text. Voltaire with several pullouts present and in good condition, but not confirmed complete.
NOTE: All condition reports are based on general observations only, and are not meant to serve as a detailed analysis of condition. Please contact the department with your specific condition questions.

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