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A letter concerning toleration [bound with others, as below].
London: Printed for Awnsham Churchill 12mo (13.5 cm; 5.375"). [4], 87, [5] pp.. 1690 [with the same author's] A second letter concerning toleration. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1690. 4to (20 cm; 8"). [2], 68 pp., without the half-title. [with the same author's] A third letter for toleration, to the author of the Third letter concerning toleration. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1692. 4to (20 cm; 8"). [4], 350, [2] pp. Locke's letters on toleration were widely read and served as major philosophical support for freedom of worship by all, including Jews, Muslims, and pagans. His influence extended north across the Scottish border, east across the Channel influencing Scottish and Continental Enlightenment thinkers, and west across the Atlantic, having demonstrable influence on the likes of Jefferson and other American Founding Fathers and being a major part of the underpinning of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Present in this volume are copies of the first three of Locke's letters on toleration, the only ones published during his lifetime. The volume leads off with the second edition in English, corrected, of the first letter, this having first appeared in 1689 in Latin (Epistola de tolerantia) and in the same year in English in a quarto edition of 61 pages. Translated by William Popple, it is here in 12mo format. That is followed by Locke's Second Letter, in quarto, written in reply to Jonas Proast's The Argument of the Letter concerning Toleration considered and answered (Oxford, 1690), and then by his Third Letter, also quarto, which continued the debate with Proast by reply to the Oxfordian's own Third Letter. A fourth letter was left in manuscript at Locke's death in 1702; it was first published in the Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke (1706) but seems never to have appeared in a free-standing edition of its own. Provenance: Pacific School of Religion (properly released). Contemporary plain calf with modest blind-tooled floral corner devices on the boards; rebacked. Ex-library as above, with bookplate; stamp on front free endpaper and on title-page of The Second Letter only, otherwise unmarked. Without the half-title to The Second Letter. => A very nice gathering. In a quarter brown morocco solander case with brown cloth sides; raised bands accented by gilt rules above and below each band; gilt center devices in spine compartments.
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