Rare cosmology book, Swedenborg, Emanuel; Concerning the Earths in our Solar System which are called Planets, 1787.

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Swedenborg, Emanuel; Concerning the Earths in our Solar System which are called Planets; together with an Account of their Inhabitants, and also of the Spirits and Angels their; from what hath been Seen and Heard. 1st English from the Latin...Published at London by the Author. London, , R. Hindmarsh, 1787. Quarto, pp. viii, 212.

The work is complete and in a modern calf and marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is tight and very clean. Light to moderate foxing to signatures. In very good condition.


Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, politician and theologian. He mastered virtually all the known sciences of his time; writing on mathematics, geology, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, astronomy and anatomy. His achievements range from being the first to propound a nebular hypothesis to making the first sketch of a glider-type aircraft. He was also a skillful bookbinder, understood clock making, engraving, marble inlay and lens grinding. ?Although he was acknowledged by his contemporaries to be one of the outstanding scientific figures of his generation, the last 27 years of Swedenborg's life were devoted to writing books on theology. Swedenborg's theological writings elicited a range of responses. Toward the end of his life, small reading groups formed in England and Sweden to study his teachings and several writers were influenced by him, including William Blake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, August Strindberg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Baudelaire, Adam Mickiewicz, Balzac, William Butler Yeats, Sheridan Le Fanu, Jorge Luis Borges and Carl Jung. The theologian Henry James Sr. was also a follower of his teachings, as were Johnny Appleseed and Helen Keller. ?Swedenborg's theological works formed the basis of the Swedenborgian Church or, as it is sometimes called today, The Church of the New Jerusalem. ?His earlier works in geology and mineralogy may have been influenced through his official duties and investigations as assessor to the Swedish Board of Mines?Swedenborg's cosmological and metallurgical masterpieces, included the Principia rerum naturalium, Regnum subterraneum sive minerale de cupro..., and Regnum subterraneum sive minerale de ferro. In the first work, "probably conceived as a counterpart to Newton's Principia, he sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. According to his cosmogony the physical reality had developed from the mathematical point, which was an entity between infinite and finite... In contrast to Descartes, Swedenborg believed that the planets had developed from the chaotic solar mass through expansion of its surrounding shell, which finally jointed to form a belt along the equatorial plane of the sun. It then exploded, forming the planets and the satellites.?His work Earths in our Solar System contains chapters on Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, the Moon, Earth and the second through fifth Earths and their inhabitants.