(1660 – 1719)

Rudera Diluvii Testes, i.e. Zeichen und Zeugen der Sündfluth, in Ansehung der itzigen Zustandes unserer Erd- und Wasser-Kugel, insonderheit der darinnen vielfältig auch zeither im Querfurtischen Revier unterschiedlich angetroffenen, ehemals verschwemten Thiere und Gewächse, bey dem Lichte natürlicher Weissheit betrachtet und nebst vielen Abbildungen zum Druck gegeben.

[8], 314, [20] pp. Title page printed in red and black, engraved frontispiece, view of Querfurt and 30 folding plates. Contemporary half roan, spine gilt. Corners slightly scuffed. Toned, hole in leaf Ji3 with some loss of text. Leipzig, Johann Friedrich Braun, 1710.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Roller & Goodman I, 183; Nissen ZBI 671a; Poggendorff I, 337; Wellcome II, 267.
First edition of this study of the fossils of Querfurt in Saxony, considered as ‚relics of the universal deluge‘. Büttner deacon of Querfurt, was a theologian and naturalist, and wrote this work in order to demonstrate that fossils were the remnants of the Flood. „Büttner … was firmly convinced of the diluvial origin of fossils, and was strongly opposed to those who attributed these ‚reliquiae diluvianae‘ to either the ‚lusus naturae‘ or the spermatic principle. Büttner, in his Treatise on the Deposits which are Evidence of the Deluge, refers in surprisingly scurrilous terms to Lhwyd and his animalculae“ (Melvin E. Jahn & Daniel J. Woolf in: The Lying Stones of … Beringer, p. 178), (cf. Schuh, Bibliography of Mineralogy). The plates show fossils, minerals, two sections of the earth after Kircher, and the often missing view of Querfurt, on which some of the fossil sites are indicated. [369018].