Geology and mineralogy, considered with reference to natural theology.

Geology and mineralogy, considered with reference to natural theology. William Buckland.
Geology and mineralogy, considered with reference to natural theology.
Geology and mineralogy, considered with reference to natural theology.

London: William Pickering, (1837. second edition). Octavo, 69 plates. Publisher's cloth with printed labels, some foxing throughout but a sound set.

Published as part of the Bridgewater Treatises. The Earl of Bridgewater, a gentleman naturalist, commissioned eight Bridgewater Treatises upon his deathbed to explore "the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation." They first appeared during the years 1833 to 1840 and can be regarded as a forerunner of the intelligent design arguments put forward by creationist biologists.

William Buckland DD FRS (1784-1856) was that classic Victorian, a theologian but also a geologist and palaeontologist who gave the first full account of a fossil dinosaur and was a pioneer in the use of fossilised faeces, for which he coined the term coprolites, to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.

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