(1635 – 1715)

Telluris theoria sacra, originem & mutationes generales orbis nostri quas aut jam subiit, aut olim subiturus est, complectens. Accedunt archaeologiae philosophicae sive doctrina antiqua de rerum originibus.

Three parts in one volume 4° (204×152 mm). Title printed in red and black and with engraved vignette, [8], 474 pp. with engraved frontispiece, 13 engraved illustrations in the text and 2 folding engraved maps. Contemporary vellum with penned title on spine. Binding slightly warped, small wormtrack in the corner of pp. 315-350, some gatherings of the last third of volume browned. Amsterdam, Johannes Wolters, 1694.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Wellcome II, 275; Norman 375; Shirley 507; Poggendorff I, 348; Cf. Ward & Carozzi 401.
PROVENANCE: 18th century printed bookplate (partly torn off).
Second complete Latin edition of this famous cosmogony; an „important contribution to the future science of geology“ (Landmarks of Science, 204).In Telluris theoria sacra, Burnet tries to reconcile Descartes‘ theory of the Earth with the Bible, however he tries to explain the Flood rationally; for Burnet, the Flood was not caused by God, but took place as a consequence of the natural laws that God established. Burnet uses a short chronology, compatible with that of the Bible, in his theory of the formation of the Earth. Isaac Newton was an admirer of Burnet‘s theological approach to geological processes. – Rare with the two orographical maps of the eastern and western hemispheres. In the western hemisphere, California is shown as an island and there is a single large lake in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. The continents are shown in outline with accentuated chains of mountains and no place names. Numerous islands are shown throughout the oceans denoting hypothetical lands that existed before the Flood. [369017].