AN ESSAY ON THE FUTURE LIFE OF BRUTES, INTRODUCED WITH OBSERVATIONS UPON EVIL, ITS NATURE AND ORIGIN. TWO VOLUMES AS ONE
by Richard Dean
London: G. Kearsly, 1768. Second Edition. First published privately in 1767, this trade edition followed smartly thereafter -- the questions of theodicy and the souls of animals engendered much interest at that time. Dean, who was a curate of churches in the area of Manchester, "argues for the immortality of animals and a criticism of those who might think of animals as merely instruments of human pleasure" [Aaron V. Garret. "Animal Rights and Souls in the Eighteenth Century", xviii]. Quarter calf over marbled boards. Lacking the front endpaper and subscriber list. Front board has been discreetly reattached. The title page has been trimmed at the top and the bottom, carefully so as not to affect the text. (ESTC N1718). (Inventory #: 276155)
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