by Thomas Burnet, 1728
Book Condition : Very Good
Gorgeously rebound London imprint of Burnet’s classic examination of eschatology in the original Latin. Thomas Burnet (1635?-1715) was Head of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and later of the Charterhouse. He wrote several books of speculative cosmogony.
In “De Statu mortuorum” Burnet discourses on the nature of the soul and its middle state between death and resurrection. Spiritual bodies, angels, visions, apparitions etc. are all discussed. Burnet argues against the endlessness of punishment in the afterlife.
A fantastic copy in great shape, with little external & internal wear; the outer binding in 3/4 leather, marbled papoer over boards, the spine with gilt adorned raised bands with gilt title label, as shown. Complete lest for main title and prelims, removed in the normal Congreve fashion. This volume is from the library at Mount Congreve, ireland, and was undoubtedly used perused by several generations of Congreves, beginning with John Congreve in the 1760s and ending with Ambrose Christian Congreve in 2012.
Paginates 1-443 pp- with 432 misnumbered as 443. Text holding firm, pleasantly toned and unmarked lest for bookplate of John Congreve to the front pastedown, indicating this volume was once part of the historic Congreve Library. Measures roughly 7.5″ x 4.5″.