Telliamed ou entretiens d'un philosophe Indien avec un missionnaire Francois sur la diminution de la mer, la formation de la terre, l'origine de L'homme


Published by Amsterdam: l'Honore, 1748, Amsterdam, 1748
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2 vols. in one. FIRST EDITION. 8 vo. Half mottled and polished calf, antique style. (8), cxix, (9), 208; t.p., 231, (5) pp. Occasional spotting, more so to the first title page, bound without half-title in vol. 2, leaf 53/54 of vol.2 with margin repair; otherwise, a very good copy. "Maillet (1656-1738) was a French diplomat, working in Egypt, whose posthumous theory of the earth was the first best-seller since Burnet's. Maillet, like Swedenborg, was a Cartesian, and he agreed that the earth's rocks had been gradually laid down by a receding ocean. But he went much further than Swedenborg, or Linne. He thought that life arose in primitive forms in shallow seas, gradually becoming more complex as the waters retreated. Moreover, Maillet believed that the regression of the sea was a cyclical process, and that the earth, once a sun, would eventually dry out, rekindle, and become a sun again. Maillet's estimate of a time span for this cycle was a heady five billion years." ('Theories of the Earth 1644-1830', Linda Hall Lib., 1984, no.24). 'Forerunners of Darwin', see chap. 9. D.S.B.9: 26-27. Geology Emerging 1457. N.L.M. (18th C.), p.283. Waller 19950. Roller & Goodman II.151. Bookseller Inventory # 000296

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Title: Telliamed ou entretiens d'un philosophe ...

Publisher: Amsterdam: l'Honore, 1748, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1748

Edition: First Edition

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