Rare Science book: William Stukeley, The Philosophy of Earthquakes, Natural and Religious

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Stukeley, William; The Philosophy of Earthquakes, Natural and Religious. Or An Inquiry Into Their Cause, and Their Purpose. Second edition, to which is added Part II. Printed for C. Corbet, London, 1750. Octavo, pp. 61, 2nd title page, 32.

The work is complete and in a modern full calf with gilt spine titles. The binding is tight and very clean, the text is very clean with only minor foxing to margins of a few pages. In very good condition. Very scarce.


A British antiquarian, Stukeley (1687-1765) is considered one of the founders of the science of field archaeology. This distinction is based on his competent and pioneering archaeological fieldwork at Avebury and Stonehenge. Stukeley's interests were also quite diverse. He was interested in other aspects of British history, including the story of Robin Hood, wrote music for the flute and produced treatises on earthquakes and medical subjects. His above scarce work is a fascinating short treatise on earthquakes, their causes and possible connection to divine retribution.