London: M. Withers and D. Prince in Oxford, 1761. First edition of this uncommon book. The title page continues with a much more detailed summary of the contents that include: the time when and manner of how America was first peopled, the certainty of an abyss of water on the earth, the origin of such natural phenomena as springs, lakes, mountains hills, caverns and grottos etc. There is a detailed table of contents as well. The Reverend Alexander Catcott (1725–1779) was an English geologist and theologian born in Bristol, who became the vicar of Temple Church, Bristol and the author of numerous works on science and theology. His views on the Bible as a scientific source were influenced by the ideas of John Hutchinson (1674–1737) and are expressed in this treatise. Bound in three quarter black leather with gilt titling to spine and marbled paper boards. Chipping and bumping to spine and corner edges. Small bookseller ticket on front pastedown. Half title and title pages are browned but interior pages are clean. Label of the Philomathean Society library of Pennsylvania on title page. Margin notations on title page and contents pages referring to text pages concerning how America was first peopled. With one copper plate representing the internal structure of the Terraqueous Globe, from the Center to the Circumference (p. 54). The plate and opposite page have brown spotting, mostly not affecting image. A very good copy. Octavo. 296 pages.