MILN, Robert. ~ A course of physico-theological lectures upon the state of the world, from the Creation to the Deluge... Carlisle: by J. Milliken and sold by R. Faulder in London, 1786.
8vo (222 × 138 mm.), pp. xxvi, 383, . Occasional light browning. Uncut in original publisher’s blue boards, buff paper spine, remnants of the original spine label. Slightly rubbed and soiled, joints cracked but firm. A very good, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of an attempt to reconcile the geological evidence of Whitehurst, Deluc and others with scripture: published 8 years before the View of the Evidences of Christianity by William Paley, who appears among the subsribers here. Miln marshals numerous geological facts, together with local anecdotes and observations to argue for the entirely natural means chosen by the creator for the destruction of the antediluvian world and to explain fossil remains from an orthodox creationist perspective.
The subscribers include not only Paley but also Joseph Priestley and William Cullen. The list is arranged alphabetically by town: Alnwick, Alston, Brampton, Cambridge, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Durham and so on, providing an interesting geographical cross-section of the potential readership. The pagination in ESTC gives an additional unnumbered leaf between p. xxiv and p.1 not present in our copy. This leaf bore half a page of additional subscribers and was in all likelihood never present in our copy.