Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672–1733).
Geestelyke Natuurkunde. 9 vols.
Amsterdam: Petrus Schenk, 1735-1738.
A Dutch translation of the author’s Physica Sacra, this copiously illustrated nine-volume work provides scientific explanations of the astronomical, geological, meteorological, biological, and physiological aspects of biblical history. The exhibited volume includes engravings of the various states of the Earth during the seven days of Creation, depictions of fossils said to have been created by the biblical deluge, detailed diagrams of Noah’s ark, and this hand-colored illustration of the optical effects caused rainbows, the symbol of God’s covenant with humanity after the flood (Genesis 9:12-17).