A Treatise Concerning Heaven and Hell, Containing a Relation of Many Wonderful Things Therein, as Heard and Seen by the Author, the Honourable Emanuel Swedenborg, of the Senatorial Order of Nobles in the Kingdom of Sweden
Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed and sold by James Phillips, George Yard, Lombard Street
Date Published: 1778
Edition: First edition in English
Book Id: 36541
412pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Rebound in tan cloth with a white and black printed title label on the spine. Untrimmed edges. New endsheets. Very good. Neat, professional restoration work to the fore edge margin of the title page. A small area of the text on p. 13/14 has been filled in with tissue. Light pencil markings throughout the pages. Sporadic contemporary marginalia in pen. Roughly a dozen pages have light stains in the margins. There is a large stain on p. 391, that measures 4 inches wide by 2 and 1/2 inches tall.
Emanuel Swedenborg was immersed simultaneously in the rational world of the physical sciences and the world of the Christian faith. He was a product of the Enlightenment, a period when intellectuals rejected dogmatic religious teachings in favor of science and reason, and his theology reflects a struggle to understand the world of spirit through the study of the physical world. This is an attractive copy, inside and out, of Swedenborg's best-known work, in which he describes his innovative cosmology in rich detail.