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    First Edition of Locke's Letter to Stillingfleet

    John Locke. 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. London: H. Clark for A. and J. Churchill & Edw. Castle, 1697. First edition. Octavo. A-O8, P4. [4], 227, [1] page. Contemporary paneled spotted calf, boards chipped, hinges started with some leather reinforcements, red speckled edges, endpapers soiled and stained from leather turn-ins, scattered foxing, large margins, pages lightly cockled, else a very good crisp copy. Wing L2749. ESTC r008183. Yolton 248 BII "Second issue, state 3." Attig 440. Chistophersen 37. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    John Locke. 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. London: H. Clark for A. and J. Churchill & Edw. Castle, 1697.         

    First edition. Octavo. A-O8, P4. [4], 227, [1] page. Contemporary paneled spotted calf, boards chipped, hinges started with some leather reinforcements, red speckled edges, endpapers soiled and stained from leather turn-ins, scattered foxing, large margins, pages lightly cockled, else a very good crisp copy.                

    "The deist Toland had published in 1696 his Christianity not Mysterious. The book, which gave great offence, professed (with some reason) to be an application to theology of Locke's philosophy. Stillingfleet, in a Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity, attacked Locke and Toland as common adversaries. Locke, who was not a little irritated by Toland's claim to philosophical affinity, replied to Stillingfleet with considerable asperity, and in answer to Stillingfleet's rejoinders wrote two other replies in 1697 and 1699. They are of interest as illustrating points in Locke's teaching." DNB

    "In Stillingfleet's exchanges with Locke, the general object of his attack was Locke's 'new way of ideas', which he took to include a doctrine about the origins of our ideas--that they come from experience--and a doctrine about the nature of knowledge--that is 'coversant only with ideas', as Locke put it. By the first of these doctrines, Stillingfleet claimed, we have no basis for believing in the Trinitarian nature of God, since the ideas involved in this belief--nature, substance and person--cannot be acquired from experience...Locke denied that his position had either of these consequences..." -Dictionary of 17th Century British Philosophers.

    Wing L2749. ESTC r008183. Yolton 248 BII "Second issue, state 3." Attig 440. Chistophersen 37.



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