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In Four P ARTS.
PART I. SOMATOLOGY, treateth of the universal Nature and Properties,

of Matcer, or Substance, and the specifick Qualities of natural Bodies.
PARTII. COSMOLOGY, exhibitech a general View of the Universe, and

ics great constituent Parcs ; the Sun, Moon, Planets, Comers, tix'd

Stars, ớt.
PART III, AEROLOGY, compriseth the Philosophy of the Acmosphere,
shewing the wonderful Nature and Properties of the Air, Wind, Mereurs,

and other Phänomena therein.
PART IV, GEOLOGY, containeth a philosophical View of the terraqueous

Globe, in all its Parts and Productions ; as Minerals, Mecals, Stones, &c.
The Laws of Fluids; the Sea, its Tides

, &c. Of Rivers, Springs, Gi.
Of Vegetation, and the Nacure of Plants, Trees, &c. Of the Parts of
animal Bodies; and a Survey of the Nature of Beasts, Birds, Fishes,

Insects, Reptiles, Shell-Animals, &c.
The whole extracted from the Writings of the greatest Naturalists of the

last and present Age, treated in the familiar Way of Dialogue, adapted
purposely to the Capacicies of the Youth of both Sexes; and adoined
and illustrated with variety of Copper-Plates, Maps, G. Several of
which are encirely new, and all easy to be understood.

By BENT. MARTIN, 010675xvo.

The Works of the Lord are great, fought out of all them that have pleasure

therein, Psalm cxi. 2.
Philosophia mater omnium bonarum artium, nihil eft aliud, nisi, uc Placo

ait, donum et inventum Deorum. Cicero, i Tesfc.


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Are Humbly Recommended,

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Do not intend this Preface to give arz
Account of the Particulars contained

in the following Book; the Title Page, WAV ridles, are abundantly faficient for

that : But rather that the Reader may have some Account of the Reasons wby I bave composed for him the ensuing Treatise ; and they are as follow :

First, The Knowledge of the wonderful Works of God in Nature, is of the most exalted and divine Sort, which buman Understanding can pretend to ; and the more we know of this, the more perfeet will be our Nature, and the more nearly shall we approach to the Image and Likeness of God: And therefore, since this is the Subje£t of the Book before us, I think it ought to be made as plain, and as publick as possible, That all (who are not supinely Junk beneath the Dignity of their Nalure, and wretchedly content to live in Ignorance) ( A 3)


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