The Book of Nature. A discourse on some of those instances of the power, wisdom and goodness of God, which are within the reach of common observation. ... To which is added, The Duty of Mercy, and Sin of Cruelty to Brutes; taken chiefly from Dr. Primatt's Dissertation. Fourth edition, etc.

Boston [Mass.]: Printed by Samuel Hall, no. 53, Cornhill, 1802.

Duodecimo, [2]-47 pages. The first American edition; fourth edition overall, from the third published in England (first printed in 1792). John Toogood was a theologian concerned with the parallel revelations of creation - revealed as the 'book of nature' - and scripture. Many theologians were placing significant or all emphasis on the Bible, which in Toogood's estimation was evident in the cruel treatment of animals. He thought a crime against the least of God's creations was a crime against God. The author of the second work, Humphrey Primatt, “was a clergyman who wrote on moral issues in natural philosophy... His only known work, A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals (1766), attacks what the author sees as unnecessary cruelty to animals, including that inflicted through hunting and other sports. His argument opens from the position that justice is a universal rule, stemming from God. Therefore, as animals are created by God, justice must extend to them as well." (Oxford Index). Contemporary marbled wrappers; free front endpaper clipped likely removing an owner's name, but the name "B Woodworth's 1805" remains. Generally very good. [OCLC locates thirteen copies].

Price: $600.00

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