London: W. & J. Innys, 1719. Third edition (improved). Hardcover. Octavo. (16) (lvi) (8) 246pp. + 2 fold out maps, + a 10 page index at the back. Rebound in full modern blue pebbled leather boards, with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Raised bands. The book is an "improved" third edition, of William Derham's theological insight into of the nature and being of God through the study of astronomy and examination of the "heavenly bodies". The work discusses in great detail such topics as the orbit of the planets, study of the moon, the rings of Saturn, and comparisons between the old Ptolemaic versus Copernican models of the solar system, among many other frequently discussed topics in astronomy of the time. The book features illustrations from copper plate engravings throughout, including small vignettes at the end of various chapters, as well as three significant fold-out charts at the back. The first fold-out includes figures illustrating a comparison between the old and new solar system models. The second charts the topography and features of the Moon. The third chart includes additional figures on the Moon and of Saturn and its rings. The final pages contain a comprehensive index of terms and concepts.
Binding with some minor rubbing along the spine and edges of the covers. Interior with some light age toning to the edges of the first few pages. Binding in very good+, interior in near fine condition overall. vg+ to near fine. Item #42675
William Derham FRS (26 November 1657 – 5 April 1735) was an English clergyman, natural theologian and natural philosopher. He is noted for producing the earliest relatively accurate estimate of the speed of sound.