A Letter to the Right Reverend Edward Ld Bishop of Worcester, Concerning some Passages relating to Mr. Locke’s Essay of Humane Understanding: in a late Discourse of his Lordships, in Vindication of the Trinity.
Locke, John.

London: Printed by H. Clark, for A. and J. Churchill…and Edw. Castle, 1697. First editions. ———. Mr. Locke’s Reply to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Worcester’s Answer to his Letter, Concerning some Passages Relating to Mr. Locke’s Essay of Humane Understanding: in a Late Discourse of his Lordships, in Vindication of the Trinity. London: Printed by H. Clark, for A. and J. Churchill…1697. Octavo. [4], 173, [1, blank], [6] pp. Endpapers browned, ink signature, dated 1730. Overall in very good condition, complete with both half-titles. Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked to style. Octavo. [iv], 227, [1, advertise (Item ID: 7386)

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The first work grew out of Stillingfleet’s attack on Locke in his Discourse in Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity (1696). Locke had suggested that, as John Yolton puts it, “immateriality was not necessary for immortality” and distinguished matter from particular instances of matter. There are a number of states and issues of this work, of little consequence to anyone but the bibliographer. This copy is of the second issue, with the title-page a cancel because Locke had not properly addressed the bishop with his courtesy title in the first issue. It is of the third state of the second issue, with the spellings “Pater-Noster-Row” and “Whitehall” in the imprint. Stillingfleet replied to the above publication, prompting Locke to publish the second work. A final reply to Stillingfleet appeared in 1699.

Wing L2749, L2753. Attig 440, 443. Yolton 248.BII; 249.

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