The Bridgewater Treatises VII: On the Power Wisdom and Goodness of God as Manifested in the Creation of Animals and in their History Habits and Instincts. Second edition 1835. Original tan calf binding, boards with gilt outlining, ridged spines with gilt decoration. The titles were originally in gilt on four black panels on the spines (two on each) but there is only one remaining (upper title on volume II). The print of the other title panels is stamped into the spine. Boards have edge and corner wear with a little scuffing and surface marking. The edges of the spines are rubbed with the front edge of the spine of volume II being detached from the front board, and cracks at the tops of the other spine edges. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Some foxing on the endpapers and occasionally in the text. Binding of text blocks of both volumes is tight and there are no inscriptions. Both volumes have a bookplate on the front pastedown. The lower edge of the text block of volume II has been affected by moisture resulting in some water marking along the lower half inch of the page edges.
The 8th Earl of Bridgewater, Francis Henry Egerton (1756-1829) left a sum of £8000 to be given to persons appointed by the President of the Royal Society to write essays on the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, as manifested in the creation. These were written 1833-1835 by: Sir Charles Bell, Thomas Chalmers, John Kidd, William Buckland, William Prout, Peter M. Roget, William Whewell and William Kirby. Illustrated woodcuts and plates on insects, animals, and birds at the end of each text block.