The Rev.d Thomas Burnet L.L.D.Master of the Charterhouse Obÿt a,o 1715.
Price 2-6. Sold at the Golden Head near the Church, Bloomsbury-Square.
Mezzotint with large margins. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Slight damp stain.
Thomas Burnet (c. 1635-1715), a theologian and writer on Cosmogony (how the Cosmos came into existence), author of 'Sacred Theory of the Earth' (1681), 'The Ancient Doctrine Concerning the Origin of Things' (1692) & 'On the State of the Dead and of the Resurrection' (1720, posthumous). As Master of Charterhouse he blocked James II's attempt to interfere in the running of the school. After the Glorious Revolution Burnet became chaplain in ordinary and Clerk of the Closet to William III, but following the near-heretical views expressed in 'Ancient Docrine' (positing that The Fall of Man was symbolic not historic) he resigned his court posts, under the patronage of his majesty.
CS: 51. Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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