London: printed for J. Faulder by S. Hamilton, Weybridge, 1809. Twelfth Edition. Hardcover. Octavo; pp; xi, (i), 548; full calf with a red spine label lettered in gilt;. Corners are bumped; moderate edge wear; the book block is bright and tight, over all a very good copy; name of a previous owner on the free fly leaf. Item #18576
William Paley (July 1743 25 May 1805) was an English Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian. He is best known for his exposition of the teleological argument for the existence of God in his work Natural Theology. As he states in the preface, he saw the book as a preamble to his other philosophical and theological books; in fact, he suggests that Natural Theology should be read first, so as to build a systematic understanding of his arguments. The main thrust of his argument was that God's design of the whole creation could be seen in the general happiness, or well-being, that was evident in the physical and social order of things This copy bears the lovely 19th century bookplate of the Rev. G. F. Clarke.