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    [Featured Lot]. Swedenborg, Emanuel. A Treatise Concerning the Last Judgement, and the Destruction of Babylon; Shewing That All the Predictions contained in the Revelation, are at this Day Fulfilled. [bound with:] A Continuation Concerning the Last Judgement, and the Spiritual World. London: R. Hindmarsh, 1788-1791. Krown & Spellman retail: $850.

    4to. 2 vols. in 1. ¹2, a4, b2, A-Y4; A-K4. [4], xvi, 154, [2ads]; iv, 80pp. With the scarce half-title. Contemp. 1/2 calf over marbled boards, worn, covers detached. First English Editions. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Emmanuel Swedenborg led one of the most remarkable careers in the history of science and philosophy.  He mastered natural science and mathematics in his youth, writing some 150 works on scientific subjects.  He rigorously sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. Gradually his inquiries turned toward philosophical matters and after a profound mystical experience in 1745 he devoted his reasoning almost entirely to the interpretation of religion. In these later treatises, Swedenborg gives vivid descriptions of his experiences in the spiritual worlds beyond space and time which he was able to enter by consciously suspending bodily sensations. Despite its bizarre aspects, his theosophical system is characterized by logic and is obviously rooted in his previous concern with the sciences.  Swedenborg attempted to explain reality in terms of psychic energy, in which matter, intellect, and spirit emanate from the world soul.

    This work responds to the question as to whether the last judgment coincides with the final destruction of the world. It also collects reports from various sources of experiences of the next world. Hyde 1168 & 1991. ESTC t137429 & t137428.

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